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Ostr. London, BM EA 12158

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Collection London, British Museum
Inventory Number Ostr. London, BM EA 12158
Publication Number ined.
Current Location London, British Museum
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status unpublished

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 purchase
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Chester, Greville John
Certainty: high
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution purchase
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Chester, Greville John
Certainty: high
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Junker, Hermann
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Dating of Object Graeco-Roman > Coptic
Dating between 500 and 700
Criteria for Dating paleography and possible identification of sender with a person in the Patermoughis archive
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Broken off on the right.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Unknown amount of text is missing on the right. The ink is fairly well preserved, one bit abraded.
Script, Primary Greek
Language, Primary Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting Practised document hand, cursive with some ligatures.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 62
Column Height (in mm) 48
Line Distance 62+x x 48


Text Content

Modern Title letter
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content beginning of a letter from Terouterous to Iohannes? contents not recognizable. The name Terouterous is attested in the Patermouthis-archive.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text ok. the name Terouterous is attesed in papyri belonging to the Patermouthis archive: MChr. 361, 3 und 20; P,Lond. V, 1722, 25; P.München I, 8, 17, cf. Quaegebeur*
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1Τηρουτηρου -?-
2Ἰωάννῃ? χαίρειν -?-
3Παχουμι -?-
4επι 1l. ἐπεί? ἀναγκ̣ -?-

1 l. ἐπεί?
1Terouterou ---
2to? Ioannes?, greeting. ---
4since need? ---
Reserved Copyright
Reserved Copyright
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
31895 man Ioannes (Patermouthis archive?) Ἰω[άννῃ? Hebrew, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Byzantine (Coptic) Period 500 CE 700 CE paleography, attestation of name Terouterous in the Patermouthis archive;



Reserved Copyright
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previousely unpublished


DatasetID 307749
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 388583
Author Andrea Hasznos, Ruth Duttenhöfer
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 307749 (= Ostr. London, BM EA 12158), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Andrea Hasznos, Ruth Duttenhöfer.