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Pap. London, British Library Pap 6943 (2-5)

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Inventory Number Pap. London, British Library Pap 6943 (2-5)
Publication Number Crum ST 181
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]
Finder (= First Purchaser) de Rustafjaell, Robert
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Aswan / Syene
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution purchase
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) de Rustafjaell, Robert
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Junker, Hermann


Object Type papyrus
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation Four fragments of a papyrus sheet, (2), (3), (4) and (5). No joins can be made and fragments (3) and (4) cannot be positioned with any certainty. Sizes: (2): 122 x 178 mm (3): 16 x 61 mm (4): 64 x 81 mm (5): 55 x 80 mm

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
Script, Primary Coptic
Language, Primary Coptic
Comments on Handwriting An irregularly and sometimes loosely written majuscule hand with a few ligatures and some spikey forms of letters. (S.J. Clackson)


Text Content

Ancient Archives private archive | Patermouthis
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content A letter to Patermoute (Patermouthis archive, Greek-Coptic) and his family concerning a dispute. The name of the sender is not preserved. From the text remains it can be read that a woman called Tsia is opposing someone or something. There are three women of this name recorded in the Patermouthis archive (cf. S.J. Clackson). The text also refers to the living-room (symposion) of Tlou, Kako`s grandmother, but it is not clear who is in possession of it.
Location of Composition Aswan / Syene Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman Child
Religion Christianity



Transcription Translation Pictures
BL Or.6943(5)(2)
BL Or.6943(5)(2)
1ϯ ϩⲁⲑⲏ ⲙⲉⲛ ⲛ︦ϩⲱⲃ ⲛⲓⲙ ϩⲁⲥⲟⲛ ⲡⲁⲧⲉⲣⲙⲟⲩⲧⲉ ⲙⲛ︦ ⲕⲟⲩⲕⲱ
2ⲧⲉϥⲥⲓⲙⲉ ⲙⲛ︦ ⲛⲉϥϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲙ︦ⲡⲱⲕ ⲁⲡⲁⲩⲏⲧ ⲁⲕϫⲟⲟⲥ ⲉⲣⲟⲓ̈
3ϫⲉ ⲧⲥⲓⲁ ϯⲟⲩⲃⲏ ⲛⲉⲓ̈ ⲧⲁⲥϩⲁⲓ̈ ⲛⲉⲕ ⲉⲣⲏⲥ ⲛⲉⲥ
4 ⲁ ⲛⲧⲟⲕ ⲅⲁⲣ ⲁⲕⲉϩⲟⲩⲛⲁⲡⲏⲉⲓⲛ︦ⲡⲕ
5ⲛⲧⲟⲕ ⲟⲛ ⲡⲉϯⲛⲁϣⲓⲛⲉ ⲛ︦ⲥ︦ⲁⲡⲥⲟⲣϭ ⲛ︦ⲧ︦ⲟ︦ⲟ︦ⲧ︦ⲕ︦ ⲡⲉⲧ︦ⲕ︦ⲛⲁ
6ϭ ⲁⲛ ⲛ︦ⲑⲉ ⲛ︦ⲫⲓⲗⲟⲕⲁⲗⲉⲓⲁ ⲁⲧⲛⲣⲁⲓⲥ ϩⲓⲱⲃ
7ⲡⲥⲩⲙⲡⲟⲥⲉ ⲛ︦ⲧⲟⲟⲧϥ︦ ⲛ︦ⲧⲗⲟⲩ ⲙ︦ⲛ︦ ⲡⲉⲧⲉϩⲟⲩⲛ ⲙ︦ⲙⲁⲃ
8ⲙⲉ ⲁⲃⲱⲕ ⲉϩⲟⲩⲛ ⲁϫⲛ︦ⲡⲉⲧϣⲟⲡ ϣⲉⲛⲉ ϯⲛⲟⲩ
9ⲟⲩϫⲁⲓ̈ ϩⲛ︦ⲡϫⲟⲉⲓⲥ ϯ
BL Or.6943(3)
BL Or.6943(3)
BL Or.6943(4)
1ⲥ︦ⲛ︦ⲉⲕⲛⲁⲛ︦ⲁ︦ⲧⲥ︦ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ
2ⲛⲁϫⲃ ⲉϩⲟⲩⲛ ⲁⲡⲏⲉⲓ
3ⲁⲣⲓⲧⲁⲅⲁⲡⲏ ⲛ︦ⲅ︦ϣⲓⲛⲉ ⲛ︦ⲥⲁ
4ϥⲧⲁϩⲉ ⲉⲣⲟϥ︦ ⲛ︦ⲧⲟ
1(Fragments 5 + 2:) Before all else, indeed .... Patermoute and Kouko
2his wife and his children ... you(?) to the community, you told me
3that Tsia was opposing ... this(?) and I write to you in the south (about) her
4... for you have ... in the house of your
5... Furthermore, you (?) are the one from whom I shall seek her assurance, which you will
6... in the way of repair which we keep in it
7... the living-room belonging to Tlou and the one inside it
8... to add onto what is from now
9...Farewell in the Lord.
2(Fragment 3:) ... you did not wish to/of your wish to...
1(Fragment 4:) ...which you will bring out...
2...put him/it in the house...
3...be so good as to seek...
4...he assigned him/it to ...
5... which has happened ...
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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
30520 man Aurelius / Flavius Patermouthis, son of Menas (alias Benne) and the mother Tsia Αὐρηλίῳ Πατερμουθίῳ Μηνᾶτος…… (), ⲡⲁⲧⲉⲣⲙⲟⲩⲧⲉ pre-Coptic Egyptian / Greek



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DatasetID 309654
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 47741
Author Andrea Hasznos
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 309654 (= Pap. London, British Library Pap 6943 (2-5)), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Andrea Hasznos.