Book — viii, 209 pages : color illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm + 1 folded facsimilie.
Published here for the first time, the administrative records from P. Trier II 15 are comprised of 15 written documents, among them alongside official correspondence the legacies of Ptolemy VI and Ptolemy VIII. The documents assembled in the records served the purpose of processing the petitions of a soldier following his return from a campaign, as he seeks to obtain the privileges promised to him.
This volume of Papyri contains a selection of 25 pieces which were excavated in the village of Karanis in the north-eastern Fayum (Egypt) by American archaeologists between 1924 and 1926. Many of the texts published here come from the archive of a well known figure in the village life of Karanis in the 2nd century AD: Socrates, son of Sarapion, was a tax collector here for many years, serving the Roman Empire collecting taxes due in money and in kind. Besides his successful economic activities - Socrates certainly belonged to the upper stratum of society in Karanis - the tax collector was a lover of Greek literature; for sure, he did not venture into high philosophy and the like, but he read Homer, comedies, and tried to be up to date about mythology in plays. Half of the new texts published here are literary, mostly from Socrates' library; other texts were found in the immediate neighbourhood of where Socrates lived, such as a surgical treatise about remedies of shoulder dislocations, which perhaps belonged to a doctor. The other half of the papyrus texts in this volume are documents that can shed new light on the activities of the tax collector, or of other inhabitants of Karanis. Altogether they give us a vivid picture of village life in Graeco/Roman Egypt in the 2nd century AD. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This volume contains 25 papyri, which were excavated in the village of Karanis in the north-eastern Fayum by American archaeologists (1924-1926). Half of the new texts are literary, mostly from the library of the tax collector Socrates; the others are documents that can shed new light on the activities of the tax collector or of other inhabitants of Karanis. They give us a vivid picture of village life in Graeco-Roman Egypt in the 2nd century AD. (source: Nielsen Book Data)