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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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

Coptic fiscal document from Aphrodito (Upper Egypt) mentioning a monastery of *Mary (presumably Mary, Mother of Christ, S00033); datable to the 7th/8th century.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

Documentary texts - Fiscal document

P.Lond 4 1552

The presbyter and proestos (superior) Phoibamon assents to the tax payment presented for the monastery of Mary, the latter appearing in abbreviated Greek script:

+ ὄρου(ς) ἁγί(ας) Μαρί(ας) δ(ιὰ) αββ(α) Φοιβ(άμμωνος) προεστῶ(τος) νο(μίσματα) γ

‘Of the monastery of saint Mary, through Abba Phoibamon the proestos: three and a half solidi.’

(Text: W. E. Crum; trans. G. Schenke)

Cult Places

Cult building - monastic

Places Named after Saint



The papyrus document Or. 6230 (13) is kept at the British Library in London.


Bell, H.I., and Crum, W.E., Greek Papyri in the British Museum. London IV: The Aphrodito Papyri (London, 1910).

Record Created By

Gesa Schenke

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΜαρίαUncertain

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