Part One. The Greek Papyri — Codex VIII (Codex_Part_I_VIII)
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143-4. Imperial Ordinances (?)

John Barns has described the documents printed here as 143-4 as follows (Prel. Rep. p. 2): “VIII contains, besides a few scraps of letters in Greek and Coptic [145, C15-9], fairly extensive, though tantalizingly incomplete, remains of two texts in Greek which seem to be without an exact parallel among the papyri. They are evidently copies of imperial ordinances, applying not particularly to Egypt, but to the Empire as a whole. Their style is reminiscent of the letters of Constantine preserved in Eusebius,1 but they are evidently concerned not with r…

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Barns, J. W. B. and Shelton, John C., “Part One. The Greek Papyri — Codex VIII (Codex_Part_I_VIII)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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