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ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 37-57 Two Michigan Papyri' Jennifer Sheridan Moss Wayne State University Abstract Edition of P.Mich. inv. 4004, comprising two fourth-century texts, an account of the vestis militaris and a text concerning reimbursement. 1. Account of the Vestis Militaris P.Mich. inv. 4004 was purchased from Nahman in 1925 as part of a lot of Oxyrhynchus papyri (Lot IV, later P.Mich. inv. 3999-4028). In a letter dated 16 July, 1925, H.I. Bell described the lot as follows: Papyri from Oxyrhynchus. These are on the average much superior to the last and include some good pieces. A noteworthy feature is a set of freight contracts for the carriages of tax-barley, of the 4th century. These should be kept together and assigned to a single contributor. There are also some Homeric fragments of the Ptolemaic period, a Ptolemaic petition, and some good documents of the 4th cent. I have valued these at Â~132.2 This papyrus was presented as a gift to the University in October 1926 by Mr. Oscar Webber and Mr. Richard H. Webber of Detroit, MI. They were, respectively, the General Manager and President of the J.L. Hudson Company, which operated Detroit's most important department store, which had been founded by their uncle Joseph L. Hudson.3 1 I want to express my gratitude to Traianos Gagos, Roger Bagnall, and the anonymous reviewers of this article for their helpful suggestions, and to Lisa Hock for her encouragement. The papyrus appears here with the permission of Professor Gagos. 2 http://www.lib.umich.edu/MPC/Reports/1925/7_22_25_kenyon_bell.html 3 http://www.hudson-webber.org/About_Family.html
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