This is the second volume on fourth century Coptic documents written on papyri and boards, found in the ruins of houses at Kellis, the Roman predecessor of the village of Ismant el-Kharab in the Dakhleh Oasis. It is concerned with 75 letters and associated household accounts and lists, mostly from House 3. The documents are transcribed and translated with commentary. Together, these two volumes break new ground in providing a unique insight into the social and economic relations of a sectarian group within a late antique village, and the opportunity to study that group's interaction with other communities. They give voice to ordinary people and provide genuine insights into literacy and the role of women, communications and travel, multilingual society and normative forms of belief and practice.
CONTENTS Preface Introduction Abbreviations HOUSE 3 Letter on a wooden board (with traces of an earlier text in Syriac) Texts perhaps additional to groups published in Volume 1 Manichaean letters Letters by Pamour (and Maria) Letters by Pegosh (brother of Pamour) Letters from Philammon to Theognostos (Louishai) and Hor Letters from Theognostos Letters from and to Ploutogenes Kyra / Loihat / Timotheos group Individual and unplaced documents and letters List of other (not edited) Coptic fragments from House 3 HOUSE 4 Letters Inventory Invocation List of other (not edited) Coptic fragments from House 4 TEMPLE ENCLOSURE Letters Varia List of other (not edited) Coptic fragments from the Temple Enclosure Indices: Native words Loan words Greek words in Greek context Personal names Geographical and ethnic names Conjugations Triadic pronominals (PTN) Subject index (English language) Inventory numbers Note concerning the photographs P. Kellis addenda and corrigenda