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Pap. Cairo EM JdE 43471

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Collection Cairo, Egyptian Museum
Inventory Number Pap. Cairo EM JdE 43471
Publication Number TAD A.4.2
Current Location Cairo, Egyptian Museum (transferred to the museum in 1912)

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
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
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


Object Type papyrus
Comments on Object loss of its left half

Text Basic Information

Script, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Language, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Comments on Handwriting parallel to the fibers on the recto parallel to the join 6 lines and onle line address on verso parallel to fibers folded from bottom to top
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 10 7
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title Letter with a report of conflict and request for assistance
Text Types
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content Letter with a report of conflict and request for assistance. Using the standard pagan salutation formula an unnkown person informs Jedaniah, Mauziah and Uria, the leadres of activities at the court of Arsames where he and his followers were bested by Egyptians offering bribes. A Counter offer involving goods could help to ease the anger. Finally Pasu from Elephantine arrives.
Multilingualism Script = Language
Religion Judaism



Transcription Translation Pictures
1אל מראי ידניה מעוזיה אוריה וחילא עבדכמשלמ מראי אלהיא כלא
2ישאלו בכל עדנ שלמ לנ תנה כענת בכל יומ זי
3הנ קבל פתיפרסנ חד זיוכ הו קבל פתיפרס א
4איתי לנ בזי מצריא שחד להנ יהבנ ומנ זי
5זי מצריא קדמ ארשמ להנ גנבית עבדנ אפ
6מדינת נא וכנ אמרנ מזדיזנ הו פקיד למדינא
7נדחל בזי זעירנ אנחנה ב 2 כענ הא סברו
8הנלו גלינ אנפינ על ארשמ קדמנ לכנ לא כזנה הוה עביד לנ
9יאמר מלינ קדמ ארשמ פיסנ מהשדכ אנפינ
10תשכחונ דבש תקמ חתילנ חבלנ משכי צל שפנ
vso1מלינ לבתכמ אתה פסו בר מנכי למנפי והנ
vso2ופתפרסא ויהב לי כספ סתתרנ 10 + 2 וחדה מנהאנה
vso3חורי יהב לי כלוהי על כדא אמר תירי
vso4בצות מלכא וכלינ להנ ונזק ארשמ וכפר צחא
vso5וחורי זי כלו ביומ 3 + 3 לפאפי מטו אגרתא
vso6נעבד מלה
vso7אל מראי יאדניה ידניה מעוזיה עבדכמ
1To my lords Jedaniah, Mauziah, Uriah and the garrison, [yo]ur servant [PN...May all the gods]
2seek after [the welfare of my lords] at all times. It is well with us here. Now, every day that [...]
3he complained to the investigators. One Zivaka, he complained to an investigator [...]
4we have since the Egyptians give them a bribe. And from the (time that) [...]
5of the Egyptians before Arsames, but act thievishly. Moreover, [...]
6the province of Thebes and say thus: Mazdayasna/a Mazdean is an official of the province [...]
7we are afraid because we are fewer by 2. Now, behold, they favored [...]
8Had we revealed our presence to Arsames formerly, this wou[ld] not [have happened to us...]
9he will report our affairs before Arsames. Pisina pacifies us (lit. our presence) [...So whatever]
10you find - honey, castor oil, string, rope, leather skins, boards [...send us since]
vso1they are full of anger at you. Pasu son of Mannuki came to Memphis and [...]
vso2and the investigator. And he gave me silver, 12 staters and [I am] happy with it. [...]
vso3Ḥori gave me when they detained him because of the pitcher. Tiri...said: "[...]
vso4at the order of the king and they detain them. And the damage of Arsames and the compensation of Seḥ[a...]
vso5and Ḥori whom they detained." On the 6th day of Phaophi the letters arrived [...]
vso6we will do the thing.
vso7To my lords Jaadaniah, Mauziah, y[our] se[rvant...]
Places (read out from edition)
  • נא (places.xml#s2)
  • מנפי (places.xml#s14)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    2855 man Arsames (100463, 308138, 308314) ארשמ Aramaic, Imperial



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    -475 BCE -499 BCE late 5th Century;







    DatasetID 308138
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 89406
    Author Verena Lepper
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 308138 (= Pap. Cairo EM JdE 43471), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Verena Lepper.