Texts from the "Archive" of Socrates, the Tax Collector, and other contexts at Karanis (P. Cair. Mich. II)
- edited by Mohamed Gaber El-Maghrabi and Cornelia Römer ; with contributions by S. El-Masry [and six others].
- Berlin : De Gruyter, 
- Physical description
- xviii, 148 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete. Beiheft ; 35.
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- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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.
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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.
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- Publication date
- Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete. Beiheft, 1868-9337 ; 35
- "The Michigan papyri published in this volume were excavated by American archaeologists in 1924 and 1926 in Karanis. As was the custom in those days, the finds went to America; however in the early 50s of the last century, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor returned a large part of those finds in an act of goodwill to Egypt, where they became part of the holdings of the Egyptian Museum"--Page vii.
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