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Pap. Berlin P. 13501

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13501
Publication Number P.Eleph. 2
Current Location magazine | papyrus depository
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 (excavation director)
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 1906
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Rubensohn, Otto (excavation director)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Dating between -284 and
Criteria for Dating date in text
Range of Preservation complete

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) perpendicular (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) double document; only the first part transcribed
Script, Primary Greek
Language, Primary Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting documentary, early ptolemaic, almost epigraphical. double document with witness signatures and seals on verso only scriptura interior has been transcribed
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 17 + 17 5
Quantity of Columns 1 5
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title Will
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | will/testament
Summary of Content Will husband and wife, Dionysios and Kallista, with provisions for their children. double document with seals of witnesses.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: medium)
Comments on Text only one version of the duplicate text has been printed
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman Child
Comment on Gender woman in contract: joined testament of husband and wife
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1βασιλεύοντος Πτολεμαίου (ἔτους) μ μηνὸς Γορπιαίου ἐφʼ ἱερέως Μενελάου τοῦ Λαάγου. συγγρα-
2φὴ καὶ ὁμολογία. τάδε διέθετο Διονύσιος Τημνίτης Καλλίσται Τημνίτει τῆι αὑτοῦ γυναι-
3κί. ἐὰν δέ τι πάσχηι Διονύσιος, καταλείπειν τὰ ὑπάρχοντα αὑτοῦ πάντα Καλλίσται καὶ κυρίαν
4εἶναι τῶν ὑπαρχόντων πάντων μέχρι ἂν ζῆι. ἐὰν δέ τι πάσχηι Καλλίστα Διονυσίου ζῶντος,
5κύριον εἶναι Διονύσιον τῶν ὑπαρχόντων. ἐὰν δέ τι πάσχηι Διονύσιος, καταλειπέτω τὰ ὑπάρχοντα
6πᾶσιν τοῖς υἱοῖς τοῖς αὑτοῦ, κατὰ ταὐτὰ 1 l. τὰ αὐτὰ δὲ καὶ Καλλίσται ἐάν τι πάσχηι, καταλειπέτω τὰ ὑ-
7πάρχοντα πᾶσι τοῖς υἱοῖς πλὴν τῶν μερῶν, ὧν ἂν λαμβάνωσι παρὰ Διονυσίου καὶ Καλλίστας ἐργαζό-
8μενοι Βάκχιος Ἡρακλείδης Μητρόδωρος τοῦ πατρὸς ζῶντος καὶ τῆς μητρός. γημάντων δὲ καὶ κα-
9ταχωρισθέντων Βακχίου Ἡρακλείδου Μητροδώρου ἔστω τὰ ὑπάρχοντα τὰ Διονυσίου καὶ Καλλίσ-
10τας κοινὰ πάντων τῶν υἱῶν· ἐὰν δέ τι ἐξαπορῶνται ἢ χρέος ὀφείλωσιν ΔιονύσιοςΚαλλίστα ζῶντες
11τρεφέτωσαν αὐτοὺς οἱ υἱεῖς πάντες κοινῆι καὶ συναποτινέτωσαν τὰ χρέα πάντες. ἐὰν δέ τις αὐτῶν
12μὴ θέληι ἢ τράφειν 2 l. τρέφειν ἢ συναποτίνειν ἢ μὴ συνθάπτωσιν, ἀποτεισάτω ἀργυρίου δραχμὰς χιλίας
13καὶ ἡ πρᾶξις ἔστω ἐκ τοῦ ἀτακτοῦντος καὶ μὴ ποιοῦντος κατὰ τὰ γεγραμμένα. ἐὰν δέ
14καταλείπωσιν ΔιονύσιοςΚαλλίστα χρέος τι, ἐξέστω τοῖς υἱοῖς μὴ ἐμβατεύειν, ἐὰμ 3l. ἐὰν μὴ βούλων-
15ται τελευτήσαντος Διονυσίου καὶ Καλλίστας. ἡ δὲ συγγραφὴ ἥδε κυρία ἔστω πάντηι πάντως,
16ὅπου ἂν ἐπιφέρηται ὡς ἐκεῖ τοῦ συναλλάγματος γεγενημένου. τὴν δὲ συγγραφὴν ἑκόντες ἔθεν-
17το παρὰ συγγραφοφύλακα Ἡράκλειτον. μάρτυρες Πολυκράτης Ἀρκάς, Ἀνδροσθένης Κῶιος,
18Νουμήνιος Κρής, Σιμωνίδης Μαρωνίτης, Λῦσις Ἡράκλειτος Τημνῖται.

1 l. τὰ αὐτὰ
2 l. τρέφειν
3 l. ἐὰν
5ρου (seal)
5δου (seal)
4είτου (seal)
1In the reign of Ptolemaios, year 40, in the month Gorpiaios, Menelaos, son of Lagos, being priest. Contract
2and agreement. Dionysios, Temnian, has made this testamentary pact with his wife Kallista, Temnian.
3Should anything happen to Dionysios, he shall leave all his property to Kallista and she shall be owner
4of all the property as long as she lives. Should anything happen to Kallista while Dionysios is alive,
5Dionysios shall be owner of the property; and should anything happen to Dionysios, he shall leave the property
6to all his sons. In like manner Kallista, should anything happen to her, shall leave the
7property to all the sons, except the portions which may receive from Dionysios and Kallista for their labours
8Bakchios, Herakleides and Metrodoros, in the lifetime of their father and mother: but if they are married and
9settled, either Bakchios, Herakleides or Metrodoros, the property of Dionysios and Kallista shall be
10shared in common by all the sons. If in their lifetime Dionysios or Kallista is in need or in debt,
11all the sons in common shall support them and contribute to pay their debts. If any one of them
12refuses to support them or contribute or does not help to bury them, he shall forfeit thousand drachmae of silver
13and there shall be right of execution on him who is insubordinate and does not act in the manner stated. If
14Dionysios or Kallista leaves any debt, it shall be permissible for their sons not to take up the inheritance if they do not
15wish to after the death of Dionysios and Kallista. This contract shall be valid in every respect
16wherever it is produced, as if the contract had been made there. They have of their own free will placed
17the contract in the keeping of Herakleitos. Witnesses: Polykrates, Arkadian; Androsthenes, Koan;
18Noumenios, Kretan; Simonides, Maronean; Lysis and Herakleitos, Temnians.
1(seal)of Dio-
3of Metro-
5ros (sealings)
1(seal) of Bakchios,
2of Kalli-
4of Simoni-
5des (sealings)
1(seal) of Poly-
3of Herakleides
1(seal) of Noume-
3of Herakl-
4eitos (sealings)
1(seal) of Lysis
2of Androsthenes
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
4124 man Androsthenes Ἀνδροσθένης Greek, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios I Soter 40 Gorpiaios -284 May 31 BCE -284 June 29 BCE date in text; exact time of month not certain: Gorpiaios can run from end of May to end of June or end of June to end of July.;




DatasetID 307139
last Change 29.07.2022
Berlpap 03735
Trismegistos 5837
Papyri.info ddbdp/p.eleph.;;2dupl
Author Daniel Werning, Ruth Duttenhöfer
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 307139 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13501), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Ruth Duttenhöfer.