ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 329-333 Silvia Strassi, L'archivio di Claudius Tiberianus da Karanis. Archiv fir Papyrusforschung, Beiheft 26). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008. xlix + 194 pages. ISBN 978-3-11-020119-2. This volume presents and argues for significant reinterpretations of an archive of letters from second-century Karanis, discovered together in a niche under the stairs of a large house. The archive is bound together by the person of Claudius Tiberianus, a speculator in the Roman army and very likely the occupant of the house where the papyri were found, although the author of most of the letters is Claudius Terentianus, first a sailor in the Alexandrian fleet and then a soldier in an unnamed legion. At first glance the book appears to be intended as a republication of the archive, but that is not exactly the case. Except for a few readings (discussed below), the text is taken from earlier editions, and there are no line notes. Moreover, as Strassi points out, there are unpublished papyri from the same find still awaiting editing (Arthur Verhoogt has provided her with information about these, which is cited from time to time). A full papyrological edition of the archive is thus still to be awaited. The volume consists of a short introduction, a massive bibliography, texts with Italian translation and footnotes, an index to the texts, followed by four chapters with a brief conclusion, an appendix broadly rejecting the connection of SB 6.9636 with the archive, and indexes to the volume (that is, to the introduction and the chapters). The substance of the volume is in the four chapters, in which Strassi considers the Schreibort of the letters, their dates, the families of Tiberianus and Terentianus, and their friends. The texts serve mainly to save the reader from having to consult the original publication by H.C. Youtie and J.G. Winter in PMich. 8 (1951).1 The archive is well known, because seven of the letters are written in Latin and compose one of the most important and coherent groups of letters in that language.2 Strassi's interest in this archive, however, is not linguistic but historical. It began with her work on Sokrates son of Sarapion, the tax collector.3 From that basis it extended more generally to second-century society in Karanis. She found the prevailing interpretations of the letters to Tiberianus, mostly from Terentianus, unsatisfying. That dissatisfaction, as we shall see, centers 1 Which, as Strassi points out, ignored the archaeological context of the archive, as with the rest of the Karanis papyri in the Michigan collection published in that era. 2 The introduction discusses this literature briefly; cf. also the review of Strassi's book by J. Kramer, APF 54 (2008) 248-251. 3 "Le carte di XwKp6Tfl Xctptiw0voR, T(paKTWCp ApyuptKwv a Karanis nel II sec. d. C.," Atti del XXII Congresso Internazionale di Papirologia (Florence 2001) 2:1215-1228.
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