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Ostr. Cairo EM 18955

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Collection Cairo, Egyptian Museum
Inventory Number Ostr. Cairo EM 18955
Publication Number ZPE 209, 7 Shereen A. Aly 76
Current Location Cairo, Egyptian Museum (transferred to the museum in 1912)
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: medium
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery excavation or purchase
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Buyer (Currently Housing Institution) Simon, James
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Dating between 131 and
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 Valerios presbyteros?
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 6
Quantity of Columns 1


Text Content

Modern Title Receipt for contribution for river police boats (merismos potamophylakidon)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Receipt of the collector Kalasiris through the assistant Valerios presbyt(eros?), for contribution for river police boats, paid by Harpaesis, son of Zmentpos und der Mutter Tisatis.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text corr. l. scribe's name: Valeris Thytomoutos
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender mother in filiation
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1Καλασι̂ρις πράκτωρ. διέγραψεν
2 ̔Αρπαη̂σις Ζμεντπῶτος μητρὸς Τισᾶτις ὑπὲρ
3μερισμου̂ ποτ(αμο)φυλακίδος ιϛ (ἔτους) ̔Αδριανου̂
4του̂ κυρίου (γίνονται) (δραχμὴ) α (διώβολον). Οὐαλερις 1l. Οὐαλέριος Θυτ(ομοῦτος) 2ed. Οὐάλης πρεσβύτερος
5ἔγραψα μὴ εἰδότος γράμματα (ἔτους) ιϛ ̔Αδριανου̂
6του̂ κυρίου μηνὸς ̔Αδριανου̂ κ̅ϛ̅.

1 l. Οὐαλέριος
2 ed. Οὐάλης πρεσβύτερος
1Kalasiris, collector. Thus has paid
2Harpaesis, son of Zmentpos and the mother Tisatis, for
3the contribution for river police boats of year 16 of Hadrian
4the lord, 1 drachma 2 oboloi. Valerios, son of Thytomous,
5I have written, since he does not know how to write. Year 16 of Hadrian
6the lord, in the month Hadrianos, 26.
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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
13395 man Harpaesis, son of Zmenpos and Thinpetorzmethis/ Thinzmethis? Ἁρπαήσις Ζμεντπωτος pre-Coptic Egyptian / Greek



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Hadrian 16 Hadrianos 26 131 December 23 CE date in text;



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DatasetID 312754
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Ruth Duttenhöfer, Shereen A. Aly
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 312754 (= Ostr. Cairo EM 18955), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Ruth Duttenhöfer, Shereen A. Aly.