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A Greek Letter From Syria

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A contribution to a Festschrift offered to a special person should offer something special. This chapter presents the first edition of a Greek papyrus text now belonging to the papyrus collection of the Benedictine Abbey at Montserrat (near Barcelona, Spain). P.Monts.Roca inv. 241 contains 2 fragments of a Greek private letter broken into two pieces. Fragment 'A' measures 12.2 (H.) by 7.2 (W.); fragment 'B' 12.4 (H.) by 10 (W.) cm. The interval between the two fragments seems to be only 1-1.5 cm. On both the recto and the verso the writing runs parallel with the fibers. Provenance: Syria? Date: fourth/fifth century CE. The letter apparently refers to churches in Syria (cf. line 5) and its authors, Andreas and Herakleides (cf. lines 1-2) seem to be reporting about their situation directly from this country.

Keywords: Benedictine Abbey; Greek papyrus text; Herakleides; Montserrat; Syria



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