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Pap. Berlin P. 13504

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13504
Publication Number P.Eleph. 3
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]
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto (excavation director)
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) Minutoli, Heinrich von
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Dating between -282 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, ptolemaic cursive
Comments on Text Layout Verso with signatures of witnesses and seals
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 8+8 3
Quantity of Columns 1 4
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title Contract concerning the payment of "tropheia"
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 Antipatros, 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 earlier to Pantarkes: = P.Eleph. 4.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text content of contract not clear yet
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Woman Man
Comment on Gender woman party in contract
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1βασιλεύοντος Πτολεμαίου (ἔτους) μα ἐφʼ ἱερέως Εὐρέου τοῦ Προίτου τῶι γ (ἔτει) μηνὸς Ἀρτεμισίου
2κατέβαλεν Ἐλάφιον Σύρα μετὰ κυρίου Παντάρκους Ἀντιπάτρωι Ἀρκάδι τροφεῖα ὑπὲρ αὑτῆς ἀργυρίου (δραχμὰς) τ.
3μὴ ἐξέστω δὲ Ἀντιπάτρωι ἐπελθεῖν ἐπʼ Ἐλάφιον εἰσπράττοντι τροφεῖα ἢ καταδουλούμενον παρευρέσει
4μηδεμιᾶι μηδʼ ἄλλωι ὑπὲρ Ἀντιπάτρου. εἰ δὲ μὴ ἥ τʼ ἔφοδος αὐτοῖς ἄκυρος ἔστω καὶ ἀποτεισάτω
5Ἀντίπατρος Ἐλαφίωι ἢ τῶι ὑπὲρ Ἐλαφίου πορευομένωι ἐπίτιμον (δραχμὰς) Γ. ἡ δέ συγγραφὴ ἥδε κυρία ἔστω
6πανταχῆι οὗ ἂν ἐπιφέρηι Ἐλάφιον κατʼ Ἀντιπάτρου ἢ ἄλλος ὑπὲρ Ἐλαφίου πράσσων καθάπερ Ἐλαφίωι
7γέγραπται. μάρτυρες Παγκράτης Ἀρκάς, Καφισίας Φωκεύς, Δίφιλος Φωκεύς, Ἐπίνικος Χαλκιδεύς,
8Ἀθηναγόρας Ἀλεξανδρεύς, Ξενοκλῆς Ῥόδιος.
2τους (seal)
2Παγκράτης (seal)

1In the 41st year of the reign of Ptolemy, Eureas the son of Proitos being priest in his 3rd year, in the month Artemisios.
2Elaphion, a Syrian woman, her legal guardian being Pantarkes, has paid to Antipatros the Arcadian as support for herself 300 drachmas of silver.
3Let it not be permitted to Antipatros nor to anyone else acting for Antipatros to bring suit against Elaphion in order to exact support or enslave her on
4any pretext. Or else let their proceedings be invalid and let Antipatros pay back
5to Elaphion or to him who acts for Elaphion a penalty of 3000 drachmas. Let this contract be valid
6everywhere, wherever Elaphion or another acting for Elaphion may produce it against Antipatros, exactly as
7written by Elaphion. Witnesses: Pankrates the Arcadian, Kaphisias the Phokian, Diphilos the Phokian, Epinikos the Chalcidian,
8Athenagoras the Alexandrian, Xenokles the Rhodian.
1(seal) of Pankra-
2tes (sealings)
1 (seal) of Antipatros
2of Diphilos
1Keeper of contracts
2Pankrates (sealings)
3(seal) of Epinikos
1(seal) of Xenokles
2of Kaphisios
3of Athenagoras
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
4108 man Antipatros (P.Eleph. 3) Ἀντίπατρος Greek, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios I Soter 41 Artemisios -282 January 12 BCE -282 February 10 BCE date in text;




DatasetID 307141
last Change 29.07.2022
Berlpap 03737
Trismegistos 5838
Papyri.info ddbdp/p.eleph;;3intdupl
Author Daniel Werning, Ruth Duttenhöfer
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 307141 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13504), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Daniel Werning, Ruth Duttenhöfer.