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Ostr. Paris, AIBL Clermont-Ganneau no. 203

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Inventory Number Ostr. Paris, AIBL Clermont-Ganneau no. 203
Publication Number Mémoires 35 no. 203
Current Location Paris, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres
Publication Permission Status no permission for publication necessary
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Finder (= First Purchaser) Clermont-Ganneau, Charles
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Range of Preservation complete
Mounting (unknown)
Comments on Object The ostracon appears to have an illegible palimpsest. The sherd may have been larger for the palimpsest composition (Moore). Mesurements and remarks from publication. Lozachmeur: cv: 10YR6/3-4 ; cc: 2.5YR5/4-6.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object concave/convex (inside/outside)
Text-Localization, Addendum cc parallel.
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
Script, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Language, Primary Aramaic, Imperial
Comments on Handwriting See comments on object. Lozachmeur hand Ib. The writer appears to have doubley written over many characters on CC. CV appears to have been written with a different stylus and contains a correction CV ln. 2 and a possible errasure CV ln. 3.


Text Content

Modern Title Missive. Fragmentary. Re Regional Business and an Important Woman.
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | letter
Summary of Content Letter to one Nathan. Mentions one Espemet, who may be boatman on Elephantine, and a positively portrayed woman.
Location of Composition Elephantine / Syene (Certainty: high)
Gender Woman Man
Comment on Gender The letter mentions a woman who is called "agreeable". The meaning is uncertain, it is likely a pael participle or passive participle. It can mean informed/knowledgeable or renown. Nonetheless, the unknown woman is either socially or intellectually valued. Also, mentions the addressee's (Nathan's) mother. This may be the same woman.
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1שלמ נתנ כענ
2על אספמת בר
3מלחא ביב זי
4לחנמ במנפי
5עדלידי וא
1Different stylus than CC.
1 אנתתא זי 2A dot sits above the line.מדעה
2היתית המו הנ נתנ3The letters may belong to the palimpsest, הנ נתנ
3לאמכ 111 11 כענ
4 ד ר תא שבק 4The words ברתכ and יומ appear to be part of the palimpsest.
5 אלפא מחר

1 Different stylus than CC.
2 A dot sits above the line.
3 The letters may belong to the palimpsest, הנ נתנ
4 The words ברתכ and יומ appear to be part of the palimpsest.
1Peace, Nathan. No[w,][]
2on account of Espemet son of []
3the boatman on Elephantine who []
4to/for Khnum in Memphis []
5to my hand. And ˁ[]
6to/for t[]
1[]? the woman who informs1Lozachmeur: enviée
2[]I [b]rought them. If Nathan,
3[]to your mother 5. Now,
4[]{d|r}tˀ left/released {palimpsest: your daughter / day []}
5[]the [b]oat tomorrw

1 Lozachmeur: enviée

Places (read out from edition)
  • יב (places.xml#s3)
  • מנפי (places.xml#s14)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    19925 man Espemet bar אספמת בר Aramaic, Imperial



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    -525 BCE -399 BCE ;







    DatasetID 313087
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Author James D. Moore
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 313087 (= Ostr. Paris, AIBL Clermont-Ganneau no. 203), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: James D. Moore.