Private letter (P.Duk.inv. 177 R)


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Catalogue Record

Title: Private letter, [348]
Author: Aurelios Ammon, Scholastikos, fl. 348
Subject: Letter writing, Greek --30 B.C.-640 A.D.
	Priests --Egypt --Akhmim --30 B.C.-640 A.D.
	Meroe (Extinct city) --Kings and rulers --30 B.C.-640 A.D.
	Slaves --Egypt --30 B.C.-640 A.D.
	Slaveholders --Egypt --30 B.C.-640 A.D.
	Rescripts (Roman law) --30 B.C.-640 A.D.
	Documentary papyri --Egypt --Akhmim --30 B.C.-640 A.D.
	Personal correspondence --Egypt --Akhmim --30 B.C.-640 A.D.
Material: 1 item : papyrus, reconstructed from numerous partly
	joining fragments, mounted in glass, left part is
	broken off ; 25 x 78 cm.
Note: Actual dimensions of item are 24.5 x 77.5 cm.
	178 lines.
	Written along the fibers on the recto in Ammon's careful
	hand in six columns; written across the fibers on
	the verso in Ammon's informal hand.
	Upper margin of 1 cm.; lower margin of 1 cm.; right
	margin of 1 cm.
	P.Duk.inv. 177 R was formerly P.Duk.inv. G 177 R.
	Private letter from Panopolis (modern name: Akhmim),
	Egypt, written on papyrus. Ammon, the well-known
	scholastikos, or lawyer, writes from Alexandria to
	his mother Senpetechensis alias Nike in Panopolis.
	He has been in Alexandria for some time on family
	business and expects a turn of fortune for the good.
	He is trying to get the high priest of Egypt to appoint
	his nephew Horion prophet (a priest) of the Panopolite
	Nome, a post formerly held by Ammon's half-brother Horion.
	Ammon's brother Harpokration left Alexandria on Pachon
	3 (April 28) with the leader of the Ethiopians, presumably
	the last king of Meroe, also on his way to meet the
	emperor. Harpokration left three female slaves, Phoenicians,
	in Alexandria, where they earn a living in the house
	of his landlord Konon. Harpokration swore he would
	secure the appointment of his nephew Horion from
	the emperor. Ammon gave him a copy of a rescript
	of Diocletian pertaining to their family's rights
	to the prophecy of the Panopolite Nome. His mother
	should make his brother Sarapodoros take care of
	the collection of rent on the family's property in
	Arabia in the Panopolite Nome.
	Ammon greets his "mother" Makaria, his brother Sarapodoros,
	another "mother", the younger Horion and Horion's
	brother and his mother and the slaves of his house.
	He also greets his "brother" (partner) Polykrates
	and Polykrates' sons and the slaves of his house.
	Ammon uses interpunction and diacritics. Copied from
	a draft or drafts. Verso has a list of land in Greek
	(P.Duk.inv. 177 V).
	P.Duk.inv. 177 R joins P.Köln inv. 4534 and P.Köln inv.
	4538, which have been on indefinite loan to Duke
	University since 1986.
	In Greek.
	Descriptive database available in repository.
Publications: The Archive of Ammon scholasticus of Panopolis 
	(P.Ammon), ed. W.H. Willis and K. Maresch. I 3. Opladen 1997.
	See also W.H.  Willis, "The Letter of Ammon
	of Panopolis to His Mother."Actes du XVe Congrès
	International de Papyrologie 2 (Bruxelles, 1979):
	98-115 (plates XI-XII).

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