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Documentary papyri from Roman And Byzantine Oxyrhynchus

Mountford, M.; (2012) Documentary papyri from Roman And Byzantine Oxyrhynchus. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access


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The purpose of this thesis is to publish and so make available for scholars and others interested in Roman and Byzantine Egypt 32 documentary papyri, dated from 107 AD to the early 7th century, which are part of the Oxyrhynchus collection belonging to the Egypt Exploration Society. The papyri cover a range of subjects. The summonses (03 to 09) and declarations of uninundated or artificially irrigated land (010 to 014) are documents of which many examples have already been published; they confirm, clarify and expand information gleaned from other documents. Contracts between private individuals for irrigation works (01) and leasing a workshop and mill (02) are more unusual, as is the agreement under which town councillors share out their liturgical duties (017). A letter concerning the corn dole (015) and a complete list of Oxyrhynchite praepositi pagorum (016) also relate to Oxyrhynchite administration. Three circus programmes (018 to 020) double the number of such documents known and include a number of words not previously attested in papyri. The last twelve papyri relate to aspects of administration and life on the large estates of Byzantine Egypt, mainly those of the well-attested Apion family; they include contracts of employment of a door-keeper and a rent-collector (021 and 022) and documents relating to the collection of rents (023 and 024) and payment for wine (025). 026 to 031 concern monasteries, two of which, Abba Petros and Abba Castor, are previously unattested; the latter is also listed as a payer in 032. All contribute to the picture of social and economic conditions in Roman and Byzantine Egypt built up by previous scholarship. The conventions used are those required for publication in the P. Oxy. series, although the commentaries which follow are much more detailed than is usual in such volumes.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Documentary papyri from Roman And Byzantine Oxyrhynchus
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Permission for digitisation of appendix not received
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Greek and Latin
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1348496
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