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Pap. London, British Library Pap 1805

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Inventory Number Pap. London, British Library Pap 1805
Publication Number P.Lond. V 1719
Current Location London, British Library
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 purchase
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) de Rustafjaell, Robert
Certainty: high
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
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1907 and
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) Harold I. Bell
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Dating between 556 and
Criteria for Dating date in text
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation broken at left and bottom, fragments missing

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) broken at left and bottom
Script, Primary Greek
Language, Primary Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting documentary, byzantine cursive, hand unknown
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 19+y
Quantity of Columns 1


Text Content

Modern Title Contract of loan of money
Ancient Archives private archive | Patermouthis
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | contract
Summary of Content Paam, a priest, and Paulos owe the sum of five solidi to an unknown man. Paam's share of the debt is four solidi and he undertakes to repay it within the same month (Mecheir), apparently without interest. Paulos promises to repay by the month of Epeiph, five months later, at an interest rate of 12% per annum. The jewelry pledged as security includes two pendants of a gold earring, probably one acquired by Paulos' daughter Maria seven years earlier (P. Lond. V 1720). P. Lond. V 1721 belongs together with P.Lond. V 1719 and 1720 and perhaps the creditor there, whose name is missing, is the same as the Syenian here.(Farber/Porten)
Location of Composition Dios Polis (Thebes East) Upper Egypt, 4th nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text ok translation J. J. Farber in Pap.Eleph.Eng. (1996) D26
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Religion Christianity
Comment on Religion Christogramm



Transcription Translation Pictures
1† ὑπατείας Φλαουίου Βασι̣λεί̣ο(υ) τ̣ο(ῦ) ἐνδοξοτάτου Μεχεὶ̣ρ̣ ̣
2τῆς τετάρτης ἰν̣δικτίονος.
3Αὐρήλιος Πααμ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ὁ εὐλαβέστατος πρεσβύτερος τῆς ἁγίας ἐ̣κκ̣λ̣η̣σίας
4Κάστρου -?- Παῦλος ἀ̣πὸ̣ τοῦ αὐτο Κάστρου
5 -?- ̣ ̣λι̣ῳ υἱῷ Ψας ̣ ̣ Ζ̣υηνιτης 1 l. Συηνίτῃ ἀπὸ
6Κάστρου(?) Μεμνονί̣ων το Ἑρμωνθίτου νομοῦ χαίρειν.
7ὁμολογοῦμεν ἔχειν καὶ χρεωστεῖν σοι εἰς̣ ἔκτισιν καὶ ἀπόδωσιν 2 l. ἀπόδοσι
8χρυσο(ῦ) δοκίμο(υ) εἰ̣ς ἀριθμὸν νομισμάτ̣ων πέντε, Πααμ μὲν
9ὁ προγεγρ(αμμένος) πρεσβύτερος νομίσματα τέσσερ[α] 3 l. τέσσαρα εἰληφοτι 4l. εἰληφὼς ἐν τῷ Μεχεὶρ
10μηνὶ τῆς τετά̣ρ̣της ἰνδικτίονος, Παῦλος δὲ νόμισμα ἓν
11εἰληφὼς ἐν τῷ Ἐπεὶφ μηνὶ ἀρχ πέμπτης ἰνδικτίονος μετὰ τῆς
12αὐτο(ῦ) φιλοτιμείας 5 l. [φιλ]οτιμίας τοῦτʼ ἔστι τάλαντα δ̣ισχίλεια 6l. δισχίλια τετρακόσια
13καὶ εἰς μείζονά σου ἀσφάλειαν ὑπο̣τιθέμεθά σοι ἐν τα
14 ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ς̣ λόγῳ καὶ ὑποθήκῃ τὸ ὑπάρχον ἡμῖν χειροψέλλιο̣ν
15χρυσοῦν̣ καὶ ἐνωτίου χρυσον 7 l. χρυσοῦ πτύ̣χι(?)α δύο καὶ ταῦτα εἶναι
16ὑπὸ τὴν σὴν ἀκώλυτον δεσποτείαν εἶναι μέχρι ἀποδώ-
17σεως 8 l. ἀποδό|[σεως]κασυμπληρώσεως τα 9 l. τῶν προκειμένων χρεα 10 l. χρεῶν σὺν τόκοις
18 ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ κ̣α̣ὶ̣ εἰς σὴ̣ν̣ ἀ̣σφάλ̣ειαν τ̣ο(ῦ)το πεπ̣οιή-
19μεθα τὸ γραμματεῖον -?-
19+y-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

1 l. Συηνίτῃ
2 l. ἀπόδοσι
3 l. τέσσαρα
4 l. εἰληφὼς
5 l. [φιλ]οτιμίας
6 l. δισχίλια
7 l. χρυσοῦ
8 l. ἀποδό|[σεως]
9 l. τῶν
10 l. χρεῶν
1† In the year after the consulship of the most honorable Flavius Basilius, on Mecheir ?,
2in the fourth indiction,
3the Aurelians Paam ---, most scrupulous priest of the holy church
4of Fort --- and Paulos, from the same Fort,
5to --- -lios son of Psas---, a Syenian from
6Fort Memnonion of the Hermonfhite nome, greetings.
7We acknowledge that we have and owe to you as recompense and repayment,
8genuine gold to the number of five solidi, Paam,
9the aforesaid elder, who has received four solidi in the month of Mecheir
10in the fourth indiction, and Paulos, who will receive one solidus,
11in the month of Epeiph in the beginning of the fifth indiction, with the
12honorarium of it. This is two thousand four hundred talents.
13And for your greater security we mortgage to you here,
14as pledge and mortgage, the gold armlet belonging to us
15and two pendants of a gold earring. And this is
16under your unfettered ownership until payment
17and satisfaction of the aforementioned debts with their interests.
18--- and for your security we have made this
19note ---
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Places (read out from edition)
  • Μεμνον (places.xml#50)
  • ί̣ων (places.xml#50)
  • Ἑρμωνθου (places.xml#5)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    32200 man Aurelius Paam, priest of the church of the castrum Αὐρήλιος Πααμ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ Coptic



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Basilius Mecheir 556 January 26 CE 556 February 24 CE date in text, consular dating, indiction 4, Basilius cos.;



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    DatasetID 310437
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 19734
    Papyri.info ddbdp/p.lond;5;1719
    Author Ruth Duttenhöfer
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 310437 (= Pap. London, British Library Pap 1805), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Ruth Duttenhöfer.