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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

from its origins to circa AD 700, across the entire Christian world

Fragment of a Greek fiscal register, from Aphrodito (Upper Egypt), mentioning an institution dedicated to Mary, possibly *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), datable to the beginning of the 8th century

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Fiscal document

Documentary texts - List

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

CPR 22 59

Line 3 of this register reads:

[ -ca.?- ] ἄ̣νθ(ρωποι) ἁγί(ας) Μαρί(ας) (καὶ) μον(αστήρια) [ -ca.?- ]

'[…] people of saint Mary and monasteries […]'

(Text and Italian trans.: F. Morelli, Engl.: G. Schenke)

A complete record of the text, with images, can be found at:;22;59

Cult Places

Cult building - unspecified


The papyrus document P.Vindob. G 60439 is housed at the papyrus collection in Vienna and has been dated on palaeographical grounds.


Morelli, F., Documenti greci per la fiscalità e la amministrazione dell'Egitto arabo, Corpus Papyrorum Raineri vol. XXII, Griechische Texte XV (Vienna, 2001), 275–276.

Record Created By

Gesa Schenke

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΜαρί(α)Uncertain

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