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Le. London, British Library Pap 4 C

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Inventory Number Le. London, British Library Pap 4 C
Publication Number P. Lond. Copt 450
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Aswan / Syene (Swn; Συήνη, סונ, ⲥⲟⲩⲁⲁⲛ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery purchase
Finder (= First Purchaser) Legh, M.Th.
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type leather
Range of Preservation incomplete

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object two-sided
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Faded ink. Much of the text is illegible.
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting A regular, sloping hand.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 28 10
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | legal document
Summary of Content Deed in which Thecla, native of Kyrshe but living at Pordipa, addresses Abra[am] and Menanta, his wife, (see Pap 4 B for these two persons and also the localities!), to whom certain lands are sold. Much of the text is otherwise illegible. Under the reign of King John (Johannes).
Location of Composition unknown unknown Egypt (Certainty: )
Comments on Text Nubian towns, people, possibly king mentioned - probably written somewhere in Lower Nubia.
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender women: contractant
Religion Christianity



Transcription Translation Pictures
side 1
1ⲥⲛⲥⲩⲛⲑⲉⲱ ϩⲣⲁⲓ ϩⲛⲧⲙⲛⲧⲉⲣⲟ ⲙⲡⲉⲛⲫⲓⲗⲟⲫⲓⲗⲟⲭⲣⲓⲥⲧⲟⲥ ⲛⲣⲣⲟ ⲙⲙⲁⲓⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ
2ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲉⲣⲉⲑⲉⲟⲧ ⲅⲉⲱⲣⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲟ ⲙ
3ⲡⲣⲟⲙⲉⲥⲧⲓⲭⲟⲥⲡⲣⲟⲧⲟⲇⲟⲙⲉⲥⲧⲓⲕⲟⲥ ⲡⲣⲟⲙⲏⲍⲓⲧⲉⲣⲟⲥ ⲉⲣⲉⲛⲑⲟⲟⲡⲉ
4ⲧⲏⲣⲟⲩ ϩⲁⲣⲁⲧϥ ⲉⲣⲉⲁⲃⲃⲁ ⲙⲉⲧⲁⲛⲓⲁ ⲟ ⲛⲉⲡⲓⲥⲕ,ⲉⲡⲓⲥⲕⲟⲡⲟⲥ
5ⲕⲟⲩⲣ ⲣⲉⲕⲩⲣⲓⲕⲟⲥ
6ⲙⲏⲗ ⲙⲉⲥⲧⲓ
8ⲉⲣⲉⲟⲣ ⲛⲕⲟⲩⲇ
9ⲕⲩⲣϣⲏ ϩⲙⲡⲛⲁ ⲙⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ ⲡⲁⲛⲧⲟⲇⲩⲛⲁ
10ⲙⲟⲥ ⲙⲁⲩⲁⲁϥ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲉⲕⲗⲁ ⲧϣⲉⲉⲣⲉ
11ⲧⲣⲙⲕⲩⲣϣⲉ ⲙⲡⲟⲟⲩ ⲇⲉ ⲉⲓϩⲛⲡⲟⲣⲇⲓⲡⲁ
12ⲉⲓⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲛⲛⲁⲃⲣⲁ
13ⲙⲛⲙⲏⲛⲁⲛ ⲧⲉϥⲥϩⲓⲙⲉ ⲧ
14ⲡⲟⲣⲇⲓⲡⲁ ϫⲓⲧⲓϩⲟⲙⲟⲗⲟⲅⲓ ⲧⲓⲧⲓ
15ⲛⲟⲩⲃⲁⲓ ⲛⲕⲁϩ ⲧⲁ
16ⲉⲧⲃⲉⲛⲁⲡⲟϩⲧ ⲕⲁϩ
17ϩⲏⲧ ⲙⲉ
19ⲙⲉⲣⲟⲥ ⲙⲟⲟⲩ ⲟⲛ ⲛⲓⲙ ⲉⲧⲣⲏⲧ
20ϩⲓϫⲱⲥ ⲙⲛ ϫⲓⲛⲙⲙⲁ ⲛϩⲙⲟⲟⲥ
21ⲛⲛⲥⲙⲟⲩⲛⲉ ϣⲁⲙⲙⲁ ⲙⲡⲱⲧ ⲛ
22ⲉⲧⲟ ⲛϫⲟⲉⲓⲥ ⲉϫⲱⲥ ϩⲙⲙⲛⲉⲧϫⲟⲉⲓⲥ
23ⲉⲝⲟⲩⲥⲓⲁ ⲛⲓⲙ
26ⲉⲧⲃⲉⲧⲓⲃⲁⲓⲕⲁϩ ϣⲙⲙⲟ ⲉⲡⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲙⲛⲡϣⲏ
27ⲣⲉ ⲙⲛⲡⲉⲡ︦ⲛ︦ⲁ̄ ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ
28ⲕⲩⲛⲇⲓⲛⲟⲥ ⲛ
side 2
1ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛϥⲧⲓ ⲛⲧⲉⲥⲧⲓⲙⲏ ⲛϣⲟⲙⲛ ⲛⲧ ⲗⲱ
2ⲧⲓⲱⲣϫ ⲛⲁⲕ ⲧⲓⲥⲙⲛⲧⲓⲡⲣⲁⲥⲓⲥ ⲧⲓⲉⲣⲟⲥ
3ⲙⲁⲣⲧⲩⲣⲓⲁⲥ ⲭⲁⲣⲏⲛ
5ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲉⲓⲱⲁⲕⲓⲙ ⲡϣⲏⲣⲉ
6ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲓⲱⲥⲏⲩ ⲡⲉⲧⲓ ⲧⲓⲟ ⲙⲙⲛⲧⲣⲉ
7ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲭⲁⲏⲗⲕⲟⲩ
8ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲙⲁⲕⲁⲣⲓⲙⲁⲣⲧ
9ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲡⲉⲩ︦ⲥ︦ ⲙⲏⲛⲁ ⲡⲣⲙⲡⲁⲭⲱ ⲥⲓⲙⲓⲱ ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁⲑⲉⲕⲗⲁ ⲙⲁⲣⲧ,ⲙⲁⲣⲧⲩⲣⲟⲥ
10ⲇⲓ ⲉⲙⲟ ⲓⲱⲁⲛⲛⲟ ⲇⲓⲁⲕⲇⲓⲁⲕⲱⲛ ⲙⲏⲛⲁ ⲉⲅⲣⲁⲉⲅⲣⲁⲫⲏ
side 1
1With God. In the reign of our Christ-loving, pious king
2Johannes (...). Georgios is ... and
3protodomestikos, and protomeizoteros (palace superior?) as all the Ethiopians
4are under him. Abba Metania is bishop
5of Korte, and Kyriakos is (...)
9of Kyrshe from the mercy of God, the All-Powerful
10alone. I, Thecla daughter of (...)
11native of Kyrshe but now I am in Pordipa.
12I am writing to Abra(am) ...
13and Menanta, his wife ...
14Pordipa, that I agree to give (or: sell) ...
15one portion (bai) of land ...
19part of them ...
20(you are owners) over it and from the seat (place)
21 of the Nile geese (?), to the place of running (? or refuge?) (...)
22who is owner over it in ownership (...)
23all power (...)
25whoever dares (...)
26due to this portion of land (...) stranger to the Father and the
27Son and the Holy Spirit.
28...?... danger (?) ...
side 2
1And he shall give the ... for three (...)
2I confirm to you this firm deed (...) it.
4I, ... (am witness)
5I, Joachim, son of (...) (am witness)
6I, Joseph ... am witness
7I, Khael, (...) (am witness)
8I, Makarios, (...) am witness
9I, ... native of Pacho, am witness
10Written by me, Johannes the deacon, son of Mena.
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Places (read out from edition)
  • ⲕⲟⲩⲣ (places.xml#122)
  • ⲕⲩⲣϣⲏ (places.xml#123)
  • ⲡⲟⲣⲇⲓⲡⲁ (places.xml#124)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    15880 man Abra(h)am ⲁⲃⲣⲁⲁⲙ Coptic



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    DatasetID 309637
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 86138
    Author Andrea Hasznos
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 309637 (= Le. London, British Library Pap 4 C), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Andrea Hasznos.