Title

Reconsidering the Dates of Three Christian Letters: P.Oxy. XVIII 2193, 2194, P.Köln IV 200 and a Reference in the Historia monachorum in Aegypto

Keywords

Three Christian letters, History of Christianity

Abstract

P.Oxy. XVIII 2193,,2194 and P.Koln IV 200 representhree rather extraordinary Christian letters of the Byzantine period.l Not only are they all written by the same person, a certain individual bearing the name Theon, these letters are also particularly noteworthy since they represent bilingual letters.2 While the body of each letter is written in Greek the valediction is written in Latin, and in the case of P.Oxy. 2193 and 2194 they also contain a Latin preface. When P.Oxy. 2193 and 2194 were published, it was argued by the editor, based on a paleographical assessment of the Latin text, that they likely dated to either the late fifth or early sixth century.3 Consequently, when P.Kdln 200 was later published and it was discovered that it was also written by the author of the previous two letters it was accordingly dated to the same period.a However, there are a couple of reasons for reconsidering the current dating of these three letters in favour of an earlier date of the late fourth or earlv fifth centurv

Original Publication Citation

“Reconsidering the Dates of Three Christian Letters: P.Oxy. XVIII 2193, 2194, P.Köln IV 200 and a Reference in the Historia monachorum in Aegypto” Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 54.2 (2008): 219–222.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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