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Background and Physical Properties

Material:
Papyrus
Connections:
Size:
12.5 x 27.5 cm.
Lines:
Recto - 20Verso - 1
Publication side:
Recto, Verso address?
Palaeographic description:
Written in a hand which generally sprawls out, but is occasionally cramped.
State of preservation:
Medium brown papyrua, top and left margin 3.5 cm, bottom margin (partly broken) 4.5 cm.The letter was folded five times vertically, and the strip of papyrus to the right of the last fold, containing the ends of the lines of writing, is lost. There is also considerable loss across the middle, around what was probably a horizontal fold, where little now remains of lines 8-11.

Content

Date:
ca 100 B.C.
Origin:
Tebtynis, Polemonos meris, Arsinoite nome, province of Egypt
Language:
Greek
Genre:
Documentary
Author:
Ammonios
Title / Type of text:
Petition from three contractors
Content:
Three contractors of the retail sale of papyrus rolls inform the officials in Tebtynis of the name of their new assistant in the papyrus trade and ask them to lend him their cooperation.
Subjects:
Petition Letter Business Papyrus Sale
Named people:
Ammonios Harmiysios
Named places:
Tebtynis Arsinoite nome
English translation:
Ammonios and Ammonios and He..., contractors of the retail sale of papyrus rolls in the Arsinoite nome, to the epistates, the chief of police, and the other functionaries in the royal service at Tebtynis, greeting. We have [appointed?] Harmiysios, [our assistant in the contract?], to administer papyrus affairs for us from now on. Therefore, kindly lend him your zealous cooperation, and if he identifies any persons as violating the regulations or even using unstamped rolls, seize them together with their contraband supplies and despatch them to the appropriate officials, so that the latter may be able to discharge their royal service without hindrance. Farewell. Year 1[5?, month, day].
Provenance:
Tebtynis, Polemonos meris, Arsinoite nome, province of Egypt
Acquisition:
Purchased by L. Amundsen from M. Nahman, Cairo, Feb. 18, 1929
Acquisition year:

Editions

  • Eliassen M de Kat, SO 37, 1961, 132-138
    SB: VI 9629
  • Lewis N, Chronique d'Egypt 48, 1973, 134-139
    SB: XII 11078

Further Literature

Lewis N, Papyrus in classical antiquity, Oxford 1974, p. 124-126.


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