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Ostr. London, British Library 5809

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Inventory Number Ostr. London, British Library 5809
Publication Number O.Wilck. 169
Current Location London, British Library
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: low
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery purchase
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Salt, Henry
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) Salt, Henry
Certainty: high
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Krall, Jakob
Certainty: high


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 Petesouchos
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 7
Quantity of Columns 1


Text Content

Modern Title Receipt for contribution for river police boats and certificates of billeting and for guard posts (merismos potamophylakidon and diplon and stationos)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content receipt of praktor Petesouchos for merismos potamophylakidon and diplon of year 2 of Antoninus, paid by Pastibtis, son of Petorzmethis and Sempelaia (archive)
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text corr. l. 7: stat(ionos)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender mother in filiation
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1Πετεσοῦχος πράκτωρ.
2διέγραψεν Πατσίβτις Πετ-
3ορζμήθου μητρὸς Σενπελαίας
4ὑπὲρ μερισμοῦ ποταμοφυλακίδος β (ἔτους)
5Ἀντωνείνου Καίσαρος
6τοῦ κυρίου ῥυπαρὰ (διώβολον) (ἡμιωβέλιον), διπλῶν
7(δραχμὰς) γ (ὀβολὸν), στατίωνος 1ed. σνι( ) (δίχαλκον), Φαμενὼθ θ̅.

1 ed. σνι( )
1Petesouchos, collector.
2Thus has paid Patsibtis, son of
3Petorzmethis and the mother Senpelaia,
4for the contribution for river police boats of year 2
5of Antoninus Caesar
6the lord, 2 1/2 ob. brutto, for certificates of billeting
73 dr. 1 ob., for guard posts 2 Chalkoi, Phamenoth 9.
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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
4791 man Patsibtis, son of Petorzmethis and Senpelaia, grandson of Psansnos Πατσιβτις Πετορζμήθου Σενπελαίας, τοῦ Ψανσνῶτ(ος) (WO 125) Greek, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Antoninus Pius 02 Phamenoth 09 139 March 5 CE date in text;



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DatasetID 309484
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 76739
Papyri.info ddbdp/o.wilck;;169
Author Ruth Duttenhöfer
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 309484 (= Ostr. London, British Library 5809), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Ruth Duttenhöfer.