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Receipt from the Holy Church
of God at Hermopolis
Philip Venticinque Cornell College
Edition of a late receipt for rent (5 solidi) on land owned by the epis copal church of Hermopolis.
P.Mich. inv. 34151 H x W = 8.75 x 21 cm Hermopolis,
first half of VII AD
This receipt should be added to the dossier of texts concerning the episcopal church of Hermopolis that date from the seventh century, bringing the
total number to sixteen at the present time.2 Only SPP 3.271 B can be dated with
some certainty, to AD 641/2, but this hinges on the identification of Senouthios, identified as the dux and <ppovtpt; of the church in Hermopolis in
this text, with the Senouthios whose selection as dux of the Thebaid John of
1 Acquired in 1925. 1 cm margin on the bottom. Text runs against the fibers. Other
side is blank. The top and bottom of the papyrus, along with right edge, are preserved,
but folded at the left margin, resulting in the loss of the first portion of each line.
2 For a partial list of texts in this dossier, see E. Wipszycka, Les ressources et les activitis iconomiques des iglises en Agypte du IVe au VIIIe siecle (Brussels 1972) 44-46;
see also J. Gascou, "Les grands domaines, la cite et li tat en Egypte byzantine " Travaux
et Mimoires 9 (1985) 76-80, reprinted with additions in J. Gascou, Fiscaliti et sociiti
en Egypte byzantine (Paris 2008). To this list SB 22.15715-15716, two texts from the
University of Michigan's collection published by P.J. Sijpesteijn, must also be added.
For his discussion see ZPE 100 (1994) 262-264. In general on economic interests of
the episcopal church and other ecclesiastical institutions, see Wipszycka, op.cit.; G.
Schmelz, "Brief der Bischofskirche von Hermupolis Magna an die Dorfvorsteher von
Alabastrine," in Pap.Congr. XXIII (2007) 645-656; G. Schmelz, Kirchliche Amtstrdger
im sputantiken Agypten nach den Aussagen der griechischen und koptischen Papyri und
Ostraka (Munich-Leipzig 2002); and for brief discussion of the taxes paid by the monasteries and churches of Hermopolis, see, L.S.B. MacCoull, "Aspects of Church Finance
in the Seventh-Century Hermopolite According to P.Lond. Copt. 11077," in Pap.Congr.
XXIII (2007) 415-419.