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Ostr. London, British Library Egerton 14

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Inventory Number Ostr. London, British Library Egerton 14
Publication Number ined
Current Location London, British Library
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned
Publication Status unpublished

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine / Syene () [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery purchase
Certainty: high
Date of Discovery
Term. Ante / Post Quem Non
between 16 4 1966 and
Finder (= First Purchaser) E. Ohly (Egerton-Ostraca)
Certainty: high
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Dating between 150 and 200
Criteria for Dating date according to tax collector's time of office
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation broken at left and bottom

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
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, hand unknown
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 5
Quantity of Columns 1


Text Content

Modern Title Receipt for contributions (merismoi)
Ancient Archives none
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | receipt
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Receipt of --- Serenos for merismoi, paid by Menophilos, son of Harpaesis and Tisatis. Praktor is perhaps Iulius Serenus, active during Marc Aurel and Commodus
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man Woman
Comment on Gender mother in filiation
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1Ἰούλιος Σερῆνος πράκτωρ
2ἀργ(υρικῶν) Ἐλεφ(αντίνης) ̣διέγραψεν Μηνό-
3φιλος Ὀρβ(άιτος) μητρὸς Τισᾶτις
4 -?- ἐν προχρείᾳ
5 -?- ει χρόνοις
1Iulius Serenus, collector
2for moncy taxes in Elephantine. Has paid Meno-
3philos, son of Orbais and the mother Tisatis,
4--- in advance
5--- times
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Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
1250 man Menophilos senior, son of Orbais and of the mother Tisatis Μηνόφιλος μείζων Ὀρβάειδος μητρὸς Τισάτιος Greek, Ancient



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
150 CE 199 CE date according to the collectors time of office, perhaps Marc Aurel-Commodus;



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previousely unpublished


DatasetID 316268
last Change 15.08.2022
Author Ruth Duttenhöfer
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 316268 (= Ostr. London, British Library Egerton 14), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Ruth Duttenhöfer .