"Some Michigan Papyri from Karanis", Abdullatif Ahmed Aly, "Annals of the Faculty of Arts", vol. II, 1952 : [recenzja]
tains commissions upon the receipt of a letter and a consignement
of apples. No. 7 (6 cent. A. D.) is a letter of Philonikos to the
pragmatikos Komnas which contains a communication concerning
the settlement of a payment - commission and a request to
moderate a cash-payment due. In 1.10 is mentioned a signet-ring.
No. 5 and No. 8 are unintelligible.
A b d u l l a t i f A h m e d A l y , Some Michigan Papyri from
Karanis (Ibrahim University Studies in Papyrology, No. 1.
Reprint from the Annals of the Faculty of Arts, Ibrahim Pasha
University, vol. II, 1952).
The documents presented in these Annals are part of a group
of the papyri which in 1950 were sent to the editor for
publication by Mr H. C. Υ o u t i e, Professor of papyrology at the
University of Michigan. They belong to that portion of the Michigan
papyri which was discovered on the site of the ancient Karanis,
in the course of the excavations conducted by the University of
Michigan Near East Research Expedition to Egypt, between the
years 1924 and 1934. The "first series" of the papyri thus obtained
was published in 1944 as Part I of Michigan Papyri vol. VI and
the "second series" was published in 1951 as Part I of Michigan
Papyri vol. VIII.
The present edition contains 10 documents. No. 1 (III/IV A.D.)
is a chirograph in which Aurelius Paulus agrees to restore certain
houses in Karanis belonging to Aurelius Melas which he lioldsi
and occupies, whenever the latter comes to the village. Aurelius
Paulus holds evidently the houses precario modo. Precarious
relations are in the papyri rather unusual and few, cf. e. g. Pap.
Heid. Inv. I l l (cf. my Law I, 1963). No. 2—5 are allotments of
uncultivated land (II cent. A. D.). Each text begins with a
numbered cleruchy — the first cleruchy in 2—4, the ninth in 5, and
further specifies the areas of public, crown, usiac or revenue land
within the cleruchy. The parcels of land are allotted to landowners
under the system of compulsory lease. No. 2 has a
comprehensive statement fixing responsibility for all land that may become
άβροχος in the first cleruchy; in the last lines the name is given
of the person upon whom the burden was imposed. No. 6 (218
A.D.) is a receipt for rental with the usual form καί ουδέν ένκαλώ
(cf. my Law I, 318). No. 7 (218 A. D.) is a receipt issued by the
sitologi of Philopator for payment of dues in kind on the land at
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Bacćhias, including epibole or land assigned to cultivators on the
prevalent system of compulsory lease. No. 8 (II/III cent. A. D.)
is an account of expenses for a festival. It contains a short list
of articles purchased from poultry-dealers and bee-keepers on
the occasion of Semasia, a festival celebrated annually when the
inundation had reached satisfactory height. No. 9 (II cent. A. D.)
is a list of villages which were all in the Herakleides division of
the Arsinoite nome. No. 10 (169/70 A. D.) is a chirograph in which
Valerius also called Heron, a resident of Karanis, acknowledges
that Hermias, a citizen of Alexandria, has deposited with him the
sum of 140 drachmas, which he will return on demand (cf. on
deposita my Law I, 264/5).
J a c q u e s S c h w a r z e t l e s a u t r e s , Papyrus grecs de
la bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strassbourg (Bulletin
de la Faculté des Lettres de Strassbourg, 31 année, No. 8), 1953.
This number contains No. 205 — 217. No. 205. (135 A. D.) and
No. 206 (142 A. D.) which are receipts of a ναύκληρος (cf. my Law,
I, 288); No. 207 (93 A.D.) is a υπόμνημα corroborated by an oath
(cf. S e i d 1, Der Eid im röm. äg. Provinzialrecht p. 90 — 91).
No. 208 (75 A.D.) is a deed of sale in the form όμολογοϋμεν
πεπρακέναι— και άπέχομεν τάς της τιμής αργυρίου δραχμάς κτλ. No. 209
(152 A.D.) is a loan of money given by the bank and drawn to the
account of Didyme who is called also Diogenis an άστή (cf. Journal
of Jur. Pap. V, 245 ff) acting by her φροντιστής (cf. my Law I,
119 ff) to two Persians τ. έπιγ. — έξ άλληληγγύης άνευ πάσης
ύπερθέσεως και [εύρησιλογίας]. No. 210 (90—96 Α. D.) is a complaint
adressed to the strategos. The complaint is directed against a
runaway worker: εργαζόμενος — εργάτης — έν μισθώσει — έν τη —
προκειμένη κώμηι της Δο[φορ]ιανης ουσίας έφυγε. (cf. on
labour-contracts my Law I, 281); the editors assume that it concerns a
contract which belongs to the type of the so called παραμοναί (cf.
my Law I, 218 ff.). No. 211 (306 A.D.) contains a partial receipt;
No. 212 (IVth century A.D.) concerns a presentation to a liturgy.
F r i e d r i c h Z u c k e r , Papyri Ienenses (Aegyptus , X X X I I , I , [ 1952 ] 73 ff .) Z u c k e r publishes here papyri from the Jena collection . P.
Jen. Inv. 19 В (136 A. D.) is a delivery-sale without the specification of the price (cf . my Law I , 254 ). The papyrus contains