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Ostr. Elephantine, excavation DAIK 4712

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Collection Elephantine, excavation Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Kairo
Inventory Number Ostr. Elephantine, excavation DAIK 4712
Publication Number ined. eleph. 4712
Current Location Elephantine, excavation magazine DAI
Publication Permission Status permission for publication upon enquiry only
Publication Status unpublished

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 archaeological excavation
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Excavation team Elephantine, German Archaeological Institute Cairo and Swiss Institute for Architectural and Archaeological Research on Ancient Egypt
Certainty: high
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Dating between -250 and
Criteria for Dating date in text
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation lower left corner broken off

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex/concave (outside/inside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Complete.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Script, additional A Greek
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Language, additional A Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting Greek subscript:documentary, ptolemaic cursive, hand of Doros
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire (preserved) sheet, with small margins on all sides.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 4 + {1} 2
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Height of Line / Letter


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for salt tax
Ancient Archives (Uncertain)
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Ta-irit(?), wife of Chestephnachtis, is confirmed by Patous, son of Horos of having paid the salt tax for the 35th regnal year in an amount of ¼ silver kite. Countersigned in Greek by Doros with amount in Greek currency. Countersigned by Petobastis, son of Esyris.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Greek subscription: tax farmer Doros and amount of money in Greek currency.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Bilingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender - Activity of woman: tax payer - Identifier of woman: wife of a man



Transcription Translation Pictures
11Transcription and translation of the Demotic by Jan Moje. ı͗n Tꜣ-ı͗ry(.t)(?)2Reading Proposal Willy Clarysse tꜣ rmṯ.t
2n Ḫnsw-tꜣy=f-nḫṱ ḥḏ qd ¼ n pꜣ dnı͗.t ḥmꜣ
3n ḥsb.t 35 n-ḏr.t Pa-tꜣ.wy sꜣ Ḥr n ḥsb.t 35 ı͗bd 4 šmw sw 12

1 Transcription and translation of the Demotic by Jan Moje.
2 Reading Proposal Willy Clarysse
4διὰ Δώρου (τριώβολον).
5 sẖ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Bꜣst.t (sꜣ) Ns-Ḥr
cc1sẖ Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Bꜣst.t sꜣ Ns-Ḥr ḥḏ qd ¼
cc2pꜣ dnı͗t. ḥmꜣ n ḥsb.t 35
1Thus has brought Ta-irit(?), the wife
2of Chestephnachtis: [_] ¼ silver kite for the salt tax
3for the 35th regnal year. Issued by Patous, son of Horos, in the 35th regnal year, 12th of Mesore.
4Through Doros: 3 obols.
5{Countersigned by Petobastis, (son) of Esyris}
cc1Countersigned by Petobastis, son of Esyris. ⅓ silver kite
cc2for the salt tax for the 35th regnal year.
DAIK 4712_S1_001
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People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
4290 man Doros (logeutes) Δῶρος (partly gen. Δώρου) Greek, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 35 Mesore 12 -250 September 27 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;



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previousely unpublished


DatasetID 315673
last Change 29.07.2022
Author Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek)
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 315673 (= Ostr. Elephantine, excavation DAIK 4712), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek).