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ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 213-215 Charikleia Armoni, Papyri aus dem Archiv des Koniglichen Schreibers Dionysios (P. Heid. IX). Veroffentlichungen aus der Heidelberger Papyrus-Sammlung, Neue Folge, Nr. 12. Heidelberg: Universititsverlag Winter, 2006. xvi + 137 pages + 19 plates. ISBN 3-8253-5165-3. This volume of texts from the Heidelberg collection publishes 24 texts that were acquired in 1999 and come from one piece of mummy cartonnage. Seventeen texts are published in full, with extensive introduction, Greek text, German translation and commentary, and seven are published in description with Greek text. Black and white photographs of all texts follow in the back; it is to be expected that digital color images of these texts will soon be available on the Heidelberg website (http://www.rzuser.uni-heidelberg.de/-gv0/Papyri/P. Heid._Uebersicht.html). In addition there is a republication of the verso of a text from the Duke collection (423 Anhang) that contains a similar draft of correspondence. (Other texts from this official's archive in the collection of the Cattolica in Milan are still unpublished.) All texts derive from the archive of Dionysios, the basilikos grammateus of the Heracleopolite nome. They thus must date from the period 161-155 BCE, when we know that this official was active. The texts published here that mention a precise date are all from May-June 158, and there is a possibility that all texts in this volume (except 438, which appears to date to 157/6) date to this more precise time frame, because they all come from the same piece of mummy cartonnage. Texts from mummy cartonnage, as a rule, are not the easiest to decipher, and this holds true also for the texts published here. They are largely written in small cursive bureaucratic hands, and they are very fragmentary because they were cut to fit the cartonnage from which they derive. The black and white photographs in the back, often reduced, are not really helpful to try and test readings, but overall, there is not much reason to doubt the readings of the editor. The texts offer an unprecedented look into the office of the basilikos grammateus and illustrate the actual administrative processes that took place in his office. In particular, they show what happened when a basilikos grammateus received a petition, what notes he drafted, and how he drafted and tracked the follow-up action to be taken. There are not that many petitions known from Greek and Roman Egypt that are addressed to the basilikos grammateus directly; more frequently petitions are forwarded to this official by other officials (like 423 in the current volume). It would seem, not surprisingly, that people would address the basilikos grammateus directly if other officials were involved
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