ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 87-91 A Woman's Unease about Her Property Tom Garvey Kenyon College Abstract Edition of a 4th century letter or draft of a petition from the Vienna papyrus collection with "trendy" (late antique) turns of phrase that are used to express its author's unease regarding her property and ends with a verb (dvappocat) unattested in other papyri. The verso contains an unrelated monetary account in a different hand. P.Vindob. G. 15061 measures 8.5 x 18 cm. The original height and width of the papyrus are uncertain, as only the bottom margin (2.5 cm) is preserved. Vertical wear 7 cm from the left obscures several letters. The hand is clear, consistent, slants to the right, and sometimes leaves small spaces between words. Letters are generally, though not exclusively, written individually (the exceptions are mostly of ligatures involving epsilon, alpha, and pi). This is consistent with other examples known from letters dated to the 3rd-4th c. CE (cf., e.g., P.Mich. inv. 414, for which see J. Sheridan Moss, "Much Ado about the Grape Harvest," BASP 45, 2008, 241-246). A 4th century CE date seems preferable because of the occurrence of rdyovu in line 4. Despite its short and fragmentary nature, this tantalizing letter or draft of a petition of unknown provenance shows several noteworthy idiosyncrasies. Perhaps most noticeable is its "trendy" (late antique) terminology: words and phrases like npb6g 4(4), 1 a-r6vc0w KO[t6fpi (4), and avappioat (7), are by no means standard and, assuming they are not the embellishments of a professional scribe taking dictation, would seem to indicate (a) the author's erudition, (b) wealth sufficient to buy such an education, and (c) some measure of familiarity with (as opposed to distance from) the addressee. Such terminology becomes even more impressive when we learn from the genitive absolute in line 4 ( l d-r6vw KO[t61] fXOn(F 8{ioi) that the author is in fact a woman, for only the wealthiest of women had access to such learning (cf. the circle of women revolving around Apollonios in 2nd century CE Hermopolis and Heptakomia, for which see R. Cribiore, "Windows on a Woman's World: Some Letters from Roman Egypt," in A. Lardinois and L. McClure (eds.), Making Silence Speak: Women's Voices in Greek Literature and Society (Oxford 2001) 223-239; see also R. Bagnall and R. Cribiore, Women's Letters from Ancient
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