Homiletic fragment.

Accession number: 
MS M.579, fol. 1
Homiletic fragment.
Egypt, Before August 30, AD 823.
Purchased for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911.
1 leaf (2 columns, ca. 33-34 lines) : vellum, ill. ; 339 x 253 mm
Monastery of Saint Michael (Dayr al-Malāk Mīkhāʾīl); found in 1910 near the village of Hamuli, Fayyūm Province, Egypt, at the site of the Monastery of Saint Michael; purchased in Paris in 1911 for J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Arthur Sambon, a dealer acting in behalf of a consortium of owners including a certain J. Kalebdian; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).

Leaf from a homiletic manuscript written in Egypt before August 30, AD 823.
Formerly reused as the upper pastedown of MS M.573 and currently bound with this manuscript.
Text: A Homiletic Fragment of moralizing chracter. The recto deals with the moral conduct of women. A woman is addressed in the second person. Bathing with men is discussed.
Some extracts (with a provisional translation, beginning and end of quotations not indicated) in Depuydt.
Written area ca. 242 x 183 mm. Divisions: Ekthesis and enlarged initial setting off paragraphs.
Script: Upright. 10 lines = ca. 75 mm
Superlineation: Non-standard. Punctuation: ? Tremas?
Collation: Uncertain, but hypothetically the last leaf of the first quire of the codex (assuming regular quire structure in eights; inferred from the ancient pagination and the sequence of hair and flesh [the leaf is H/F]). No remains of a signature. No quire ornament, monogram, headline, or catchword.
Decoration: Headpiece.

Coptic, the Sahidic dialect