A light-brown papyrus with dark stains, cut off straight at the left-hand side from line 10 and at the bottom. The papyrus is damaged at the folds (one vertical and five horizontal). A small strip of another papyrus is glued to the verso side at the back of line 40, possibly as a reinforcement.
The handwriting is skilled but extremely irregular; the letters differ in form, size and color.
Department of Special Collections; Memorial Library; Madison; Wisconsin
(Early) IIIrd century A.D.
Type of Text/Title of Work
Petition Concerning Liturgies
A certain Aurelius X, a native of Naucratis, informs a person whose name is lost (unless we assume that he was called Aurelius Heras) about matters relating to liturgies. Justices have also been involved in the matter and, unless we take it that the provenance of this text should be traced back to one of the three Greek towns which had already had a boule for a long time, this fact would support the assumption that this papyrus is to be dated in the period following the introduction of a boule by Septimius Severus in 202 A.D. From line 22 (probably up to and including line 44) a conversation is reproduced, ending with the speaker’s request to send someone to the dissenting parties and the phylarchos to tell them something and to punish someone, if he keeps troubling Aurelius X (?) about liturgies. It would seem to me that in this instance we might be confirmed with a similar case to that found in P.Oxy. VIII, 1119. In the latter papyrus two inhabitants of Antinoplois request the strategus of the Oxyrhynchite nome, where they own property, to inform the phylarchos that they are exempted from nomination for the performing of municipal duties. Once before they had been appointed to collect the monetary taxes in the metropolis, in spite of the fact that, as citizens of Antinoopolis, they were exempted from this duty. When we recall that Hadrianus granted the nomoi of Naucratis to his settlement Antinoopolis, it wouldn’t be surprising if the privileges enjoyed by the inhabitants of Antinoopolis, or at least some of them, such as exemption from the duty of performing liturgies outside their own town, were also enjoyed by the inhabitants of Naucratis. It is hoped that the missing right- hand fragment of this interesting papyrus will some day be found in another collection and that the publication of the left-hand fragment will lead to the other half being edited. Only when that part is discovered either completely or partially, will it be possible to confirm or reject my explanation of this papyrus, which is of necessity based on surmises.
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Lewis Naphtali, Noemata legontos. 7-18. BASP 4 (1967) pp. 27-36; Rea John, Two Notes, BASP 5 (1968) p. 40; Rea John, The Date of the Prefecture of Statilius Ammianus, ChrEg 44 (1969) No. 87, pp. 134-138; Bastianini Guido, PWisconsin 2 e la prefettura di Statilius Ammianus; ZPE 32 (1978) pp. 81-84.