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Ostr. Jerusalem, PBI 539

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Collection Jerusalem, Museum of the Pontifical Biblical Institute
Inventory Number Ostr. Jerusalem, PBI 539
Publication Number P.Worp 41
Current Location Jerusalem, Museum of the Pontifical Biblical Institute
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
Finder (= First Purchaser) Mallon, Alexis SJ
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 donation
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Mallon, Alexis SJ


Object Type ostracon
Criteria for Dating date in text
Range of Preservation complete

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
Script, Primary Greek
Language, Primary Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting documentary, hand of Palachemis
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4
Quantity of Columns 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 85
Column Height (in mm) 30
Line Distance 85x30


Text Content

Modern Title Receipt for survey tax on palm groves (γεωμετρίας φοινικῶνος)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Receipt of praktor Palachemis for survey tax on date land of the harvest of year 19 of Trajan, paid by Kleopatra, daughter of Sarapion, in year 20 of Trajan.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text ok
Multilingualism Monolingual
Gender Woman Man
Comment on Gender woman as taxpayer, with father in filiation
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1Παλάχημις πράκτωρ. διέγραψεν Κλεο̣πάτρα
2Σαραπίωνος ὑπὲρ γεωμετρίας φοινικῶνος γενήματος ιθ (ἔτους)
3Τραιανοῦ Ἀρίστου τοῦ κυρίου δραχμὰς ὀκτὸ 1l. ὀκτὼ (τριώβολον?)2 or (τετρώβολον) or (πεντώβολον) .
4(ἔτους) κ Τραιανοῦ Ἀρίστου τοῦ κυρίου Τῦβι η̅.

1 l. ὀκτὼ
2 or (τετρώβολον) or (πεντώβολον)
1 Palachemis praktor. Thus has paid Kleopatra,
2daughter of Sarapion, for the survey tax on date land for the harvest of year 19
3of Traianus Optimus the lord 8 dr., 3 ob. (4 ob./5 ob.?).
4Year 20 of Traianus Optimus the lord, Tybi 8.
Reserved Copyright
PBI 539_S1_002
Reserved Copyright
Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
17000 woman Kleopatra, daughter of Sarapion Κλεο̣πάτρα Σαραπίωνος Greek, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Trajan 20 Tybi 08 117 January 3 CE date in text;



Reserved Copyright
PBI 539_S1_002
Reserved Copyright




DatasetID 309198
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 115570
Papyri.info ddbdp/p.worp;;41
Author Ruth Duttenhöfer
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 309198 (= Ostr. Jerusalem, PBI 539), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Ruth Duttenhöfer.