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Pap. Berlin P. 13503

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13503
Publication Number P.Eleph. 4
Current Location Cairo, Egyptian Museum (transferred to the museum in 1912)
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
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Königliche Museen zu Berlin
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Dating between -283 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
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 9+9 4+4
Quantity of Columns 1 4
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title Contract concerning the payment of "tropheia"
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | contract
Summary of Content contract concerning the payment of tropheia, interpreted as mariage contract, contract with a concubine or as a release of a slave. The Syrian woman named Elaphion pays an amount of money to Pantarkes, a Greek man probably of military context, as tropheia; with witnesses and seals. Almost the same contract was made out by Elaphion some 7 months later to Antipatros = P.Eleph. 3.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text content of contract not yet clear
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender woman as contractant
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1βασιλεύοντος Πτολεμαίου (ἔτους) μα ἐφʼ ἱερέως Εὐρέου τοῦ Προίτου τῶι γ (ἔτει) μηνὸς
2Ὑπερβερεταίου. κατέβαλεν Ἐλάφιον Σύρα μετὰ κυρίου Δίωνος Παντάρκει Ἀρκάδι τροφεῖα
3ὑπὲρ αὑτῆς ἀργυρίου δραχμὰς τετρακοσίας. μὴ ἐξέστω δὲ Παντάρκει ἐπελθεῖν ἐπʼ Ἐλάφιον
4εἰσπράττοντι τροφεῖα ἢ καταδουλούμενον παρευρέσει μηδεμιᾶι μηδʼ ἄλλωι ὑπὲρ Παντάρκους
5μηθενί. εἰ δὲ μὴ ἥ τε ἔφοδος αὐτοῖς ἄκυρος ἔστω καὶ ἀποτεισάτω Παντάρχης Ἐλαφίωι ἢ τῶι
6ὑπὲρ Ἐλαφίου πορευομένωι ἐπίτιμον δραχμὰς μυρίας. ἡ δὲ συγγραφὴ ἥδε κυρία ἔστω πανταχῆι
7οὗ ἂν ἐπιφέρηι Ἐλάφιον κατὰ Παντάρκους ἢ ἄλλος ὑπὲρ Ἐλαφίου πράσσων καθάπερ καὶ Ἐλαφίωι
8γέγραπται. μάρτυρες Κλεόνικος Ἀρκάς, Νικαγόρας Κυρηναῖος, Ῥοδοκλῆς Αἰγινήτης,
9Ἀφροδίσιος Σιδώτης, Διονύσιος Μάγνης, Θαλίαρχος Κυρηναῖος. συγγραφοφύλαξ Νικαγόρας.
1συγγραφὴ Ἐλαφίου
2πρὸς Παντάρκη
3τροφεῖα κατέβαλε
4(δραχμὰς) Υ
1Δίωνος (seal)
3Παντάρκους (seal)
3Κλεονίκου (seal)
4π̣αρα Φι ̣ ̣ ̣

1In the 41st year of the reign of Ptolemy, Eureas the son of Proitos being priest in his 3rd year, in the month
2Hyperberetaios. Elaphion, a Syrian woman, her legal guardian being Dion, has paid to Pantarkes the Arcadian as support
3for herself 400 drachmas of silver. Let it not be permitted to Pantarkes to bring suit against Elaphion
4in order to exact support or enslave her on any pretext, and not to anyone else acting for Pantarkes.
5Or else, let their proceeding be invalid and let Pantarkes pay back to Elaphion or to him
6who acts for Elaphion a penalty of 10,000 drachmas. Let this contract be valid everywhere,
7wherever Elaphion or another acting for Elaphion may produce it against Pantarkes, exactly as
8written by Elaphion. Witnesses: Kleonikos the Arcadian, Nikagoras the Cyrenaean, Rhodokles the Aeginetan,
9Aphrodisios of Side, Dionysios of Magnesia, Thaliarchos the Cyrenaean. Keeper of Contracts: Nikagoras.
Contract of Elaphion
2with Pantarkes.
3She tendered support
4400 (drachmas).
1(seal) of Dion (sealings)
1(seal) of Nikagoras
2(seal) of Rhodokles
3(seal) of Pantarkes (sealings)
1(seal) of Aphrodisios
2(seal) of Elaphion
3(seal) of Kleuni[kos] (sealings)
1(seal) of Thaliarchos
2(seal) of Dionysios
3he used (the seal)
4of Phi...
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
4138 man Aphrodisios Ἀφροδίσιος Greek, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios I Soter 41 Hyperberetaios -283 June 19 BCE -283 July 17 BCE date in text;




DatasetID 307140
last Change 29.07.2022
Berlpap 03736
Trismegistos 5839
Papyri.info ddbdp/p.eleph;;4intdupl
Author Daniel Werning, Ruth Duttenhöfer
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 307140 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13503), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Ruth Duttenhöfer.