Official letter (P.Duk.inv. 599)


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Catalogue Record

Title: Official letter, Year 33 Pharmouthi 17 [9 May 137 B.C.]
Author: Phanesis (Village scribe of Thmoinausiris), 2nd cent. B.C.
Subject: Amenneus (From the Heracleopolite Nome, Egypt), 2nd cent. B.C.
	Tenant farmers --Egypt --Heracleopolite Nome --332-30 B.C.
	Police --Egypt --Heracleopolite Nome --332-30 B.C.
	Larceny --Egypt --332-30 B.C.
	Unlawful entry --Egypt --332-30 B.C.
	Scribes --Egypt --Heracleopolite Nome --332-30 B.C.
	Egypt --Officials and employees --332-30 B.C.
	Documentary papyri --Egypt --Heracleopolite Nome --332-30 B.C.
	Correspondence --Egypt --Heracleopolite Nome --332-30 B.C.
Material: 1 item : papyrus mounted in glass, incomplete ; 12 x 16 cm.
Note: 12 lines.
	Written across the fibers on the recto.
	Upper margin of 1.5 cm.; lower margin of 1.5 cm.; right
	margin of 1 cm.
	P.Duk.inv. 599 was formerly P.Duk.inv. MF74 2.
	Papyrus copy of a letter written by Phanesis, the village
	scribe of Thmoinausiris and its dependent villages
	in the Herakleopolites (Heracleopolite Nome), Egypt.
	Written to Amenneus and sent with a cover letter
	by two people. Letter reports that one of the tenants
	of royal land, Horion, sent(?) the guards or police
	of the island of Rhodon to Heracleopolis Magna to
	meet Komanos, the epistates or chief of police. That
	same day Agathinos and Philammon and others with
	them sealed the house of Ababikis. Horion and one
	of the other tenants of royal land, Petesouchos,
	and their accomplices broke into the house(?) and
	stole(?) a pickled goose and two pillows. The farewell
	of the cover letter reads, "be of good health." Dated
	to Pharmouthi 17, year 33 (9 May 137 B.C.), the same day as the cover letter.
	The parallel letter (P.Duk.inv. 605 R) is similarly phrased.
	In Greek.
	Publication: J. D. Sosin and J. Bauschatz, "Four Duke Papyri 
	concerning Pesouris, Basilikos Grammateus," 
	Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 141(2002) 177—190.
	Descriptive database available in repository.

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