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APIS ID:
317
Holding Institution:
Bancroft Library, Univ. of Calif., Berkeley
Call Number: 
P.Tebt.0028
Location: 
Vault ff; 1 frame
Author: 
Dioskourides (Egyptian resident)
Type of Text/Title: 
Official letter from Dioskourides and Amenneus
Section/Side: 
Written on verso of P.Tebt.43 (petition of Menches to the Sovereigns)
Publication/Side: 
Verso published
Connections: 
The enclosed letter mentioned in the text is probably P.Tebt.24
Material: 
Pap
Items: 
1
Size: 
31.2 x 39.5 cm.
Lines: 
23 lines, written on verso across the fibers.
Physical Properties: 
Margins: top, 3.5 cm.; left, 19 cm.; bottom, 4 cm.
Paleographic Description: 
Regular cursive script
Publication Status: 
published
Modern Date: 
shortly after May/June 117 B.C.
UC Inventory Number: 
3088
Provenance: 
crocodile cartonnage at Tebtunis 28.9
Language: 
Greek
Genre: 
Business letters, Ptolemaic period
Content: 
Letter concerns the wrong-doings of a group of komogrammateis (village secretaries) with regard to their duties in the fiscal administration of land. These are detailed in an appended letter (probably P.Tebt.24).
Context: 
Menches archive
Subject: 
Government employees; Strikes and lockouts
Persons: 
Amenneus (Basilikos Grammateus?); Ptolemaios (Dioiketes?); Eirenaios (Eklogistes?)
Geographica: 
Arsinoites nomos
Publications: 
P.Tebt., I.28
Bibliography Corrections: 
P. L. Bat. 29, p. 151-152.
Translation: 
Dioskourides and Amenneus to Ptolemaios, greeting. Some of the hindrances placed in the way of the performance of our work through the insolent conduct of the komogrammateis in the nome, and how further in Mesore of the (52nd?) year, when we visited various places in the nome, having been appointed for this duty and wishing to inquire into the reports sent from the nome, namely the list of deductions and so on, they had gone without giving us the written records, have been recounted by us to Eirenaios in the appended letter. At the present time also they show the same behavior in their reports, and when the crop in order to prevent the details being accurately known and have made the voyage down to the city as said, we beg you to look into the matters indicated, and if any advantage to the treasury can be gained by the coming inquiries, to make arrangements for seeing that the persons mentioned are secured, in order that the rest may obtain a conspicuous illustration to show how you will suppress wrong-doing and may be thereby incited to make easier for us the performance of our duty in connection with the inquiries, and that the Crown interests may be in no way neglected. Good-bye.
Transcription: 
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