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Pap. Berlin P. 15607

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 15607
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution partage
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1906 and 1908
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 175 mm | 62 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent. One minor hole and one horizontal break in the sheet.
Mounting framed under glass

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto) and perpendicular (verso)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Partly faded. On top only few lines broken off.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Flüchtige, doch relativ deutliche mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift, mit einigen wenigen frühdemotischen Wörtern." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, with asmall lower margin. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper half of the (preserved) sheet, with a small upper margin.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+11 5
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 60 60
Column Height (in mm) 165 80
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 60 x x+165 60 x 80


Text Content

Modern Title letter with complaint regarding a missing oracle inquiry
Ancient Archives (Uncertain)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
  • religious | polytheistic Egyptian | oracular inquiry
Summary of Content Letter with complaint of Peteese, son of Pete-[///], that the the addressee of this letter has not asked the oracle of Isis for advice on behalf of the Peteese. Renewed request for information with specifications of the questions to be presented to the oracle.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1 tk ḥꜣ.t pꜣ hrw
x+2 r-dbꜣ šn pꜣy=y wḏꜣ
x+3 m-bꜣḥ ꜣs.t ı͗rm nꜣ ḫm-
x+4 ẖr(.w) ı͗rm nꜣ mšꜥ.w
x+5 nty ı͗w=y (r) ı͗r=w ꜥn bn-pw=k
x+6 hb n=y md(.t) nb(.t) ı͗.
x+7 ı͗r=k ḥr r-r=s my
x+8 ḥn=w s (r) ḏı͗.t šn(=w) pꜣy=y
x+9 wḏꜣ pꜣ hrw ı͗rm pꜣ wḏꜣ
x+10 dy tꜣy=y s.ḥm.t ı͗rm nꜣ ḫm-
x+11 ẖl.w ı͗rm pꜣ wḏꜣ tꜣ
vso 1 s.t ḥꜥ=y ı͗rm
vso 2 nꜣ md(.t) r.ḏd=y ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr=k
vso 3 ı͗w=w sḫ r pꜣy rmṯ
vso 4 sẖ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-ꜣs.t sꜣ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-
vso 5 n ḥsb.t 3.t ı͗bd 2 ꜣḫ.t sw ꜥrqy
x+1 [I have sent a letter to you earlier
x+2 to cause you to ask about my well-being
x+3 before Isis, and about that of (my) children
x+4 and about the journeys
x+5 which I will undertake again. You have not
x+6 sent to me concerning anything to which
x+7 you gave attention 1For the reading cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 51. Reading variant Zauzich, P. Berl. Eleph. 1 (1978): „die Du deswegen unternommen hast“.. Let it
x+8 be ordered to cause one to ask about my
x+9 well-being (still) today, and (about) the well-being
x+10 of my wife and (my) children,
x+11 and (about) the well-being
vso 1 of my own place and
vso 2 the matters which I told you (and)
vso 3 which affect this man.
vso 4 Written by Peteesis, son of Pete-[///],
vso 5 in the 3rd regnal year, 30th of Paophi.

1 For the reading cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 51. Reading variant Zauzich, P. Berl. Eleph. 1 (1978): „die Du deswegen unternommen hast“.
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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
8090 not applicable (no further persons mentioned) (no further persons mentỈoned) (none)



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic Dynasty (early) 03 Phaophi 30 -332 BCE -222 BCE ;



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DatasetID 100545
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46514
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100545 (= Pap. Berlin P. 15607), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.