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Pap. Cairo, Cairo University P. 1687

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Inventory Number Pap. Cairo, Cairo University P. 1687
Publication Number TAD A.2.3
Current Location museum collection other than Berlin
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Hermopolis Magna () [Trismegistos]


Object Type papyrus
Range of Preservation complete

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Text-Localization, Addendum address at the bottom of the verso is rotated 180 degrees relative to the rest of the text on the verso
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
Script, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Language, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 7 7
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title Letter about Warfare
Text Types
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content Letter re: Welfare of Harudj, a Guarantor, and Clothing. Parcel of family letters discovered at Hermopolis
Location of Composition Hermopolis Magna Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text Of this parcel of seven family letters, six were addressed by three individuals to members of their family at Syene and Luxor. Four letters were sent to Syene, all of which send greetings to temples in Syene (the temples of Bethel and the Queen of Heaven, Banit, and Nabu). All six letters were written by the same scribe, probably from the same papyrus roll, one after another in the order arranged in TAD2.1-2.6.
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender letter addressed to a sister from a brother; guarantor may have a potential claim against the sister
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
1שלמ בית נבו אל אחתי רעיה מנ אחכי מכבנת
2ברכתכי לפתח זי יחזני אפיכי בשלמ שלמ בנתסרל ואר י ג
3ואסרשת ושרדר חרוצ שאל שלמהנ וכעת שלמ ל
4לחרוצ תנה אל תצפי לה כדי תכלנ תעבדנ לה עבד אנה
5לה ותפמת ואחתסנ מסבלנ לה וכעת ארה ספר לה שלחתי
6בשמה וכעת זי מלתי לבתי לאמר לה שאל על חרוצ כעת
7מלו כזי עבד אנה לחרוצ כות תעבד בנת עלי
vso1ארה לא אחי הו חרוצ וכעת הלו יהב להנ פרס
vso2תנה ויתלקח קדמתהנ בסונ וכעת הנ את ערב עליכי
vso3אתיה לתפמת וכעת מדעמ אל תזבני בכסת ותשרי לה
vso4שלמ יקיה הוי שלחת לה וכעת הוי חזית על תשי ועל
vso5ברה ושלחי כל טעמ זי הוה בביתי לשלמכי שלחת ספר
vso6ה זנה
vso7אלאבי פסמי בר נבונתנ מנ מכבנתסוניבל
1Greetings to the Temple of Nabu. To my sister Reia from your brother Makkibanit.
2I have blessed you by Ptaḥ that he may show me your face in peace. Greetings to Banitsarel and Arag
3and Isireshut and Shurdur. Ḥarudj seeks after their welfare. And now, it is well
4for Ḥarudj here. Do not be concerned about him; as you could do for him, I am doing
5for him. Both Tapamet and Aḥatsin are supporting him. And now, verily, you have not sent a letter
6addressed in his name. And now, that you were full of anger against me, saying: "No one asks about Ḥarudj," now
7as much as I am doing for Ḥarudj thus may Banit do for me.
vso1Verily, is not Ḥarudj my brother?! And now behold, salary has been given to them
vso2here and it will be taken ahead of them at Syene. And now, if a guarantor have a claim against you,
vso3bring him to Tapamet. And now, do not buy anything as clothing that you might dispatch to her.
vso4Do send her greetings from Yekia. And now, do look after Tashi and after
vso5her son and send word about every matter which was in my house. I have sent
vso6this letter to inqire about your welfare.
vso7To my father Psami son of Nabunathan from Makkibanit. To be delivered to Syene.
Places (read out from edition)
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    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    9820 Aḥatsin אחתסנ



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    -524 BCE -475 BCE ;




    DatasetID 311067
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 89385
    Author Lisa Cleath, Verena Lepper
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 311067 (= Pap. Cairo, Cairo University P. 1687), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Lisa Cleath, Verena Lepper.