ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 93-109
An Arsinoite Loan of Money
with Interest in Kind'
Katherine Blouin University of Toronto
Edition of a fourth-century loan of money, most likely from Philadelpheia, with interest in kind (Ke [ov, "legumes"). Discussion of twelve
such loans from Late Antique Egypt.
P.Col. inv. 46 H x W = 19.9 x 11.5 cm + 3 small frs.2 AD 340-410
Arsinoite nome (Philadelpheia?)
Columbia University purchased P.Col. inv. 46 from M. Nahman through
H.I. Bell in July 1923. Although nothing is known about the exact provenance
1 I worked on P.Col. inv. 46 during the 2006 ASP Summer Seminar. It belongs to the
Papyrus Collection, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University. I am very
grateful to Prof. R.S. Bagnall, Dr. H. Behlmer, and Prof. R. Cribiore for giving me the
opportunity to edit and publish this document, as well as for their generous guidance
and support. I also wish to thank the other participants of the seminar (M. Bakker,
A. Bakkers, S. Bay, A. Bryen, U. Gad, B. Haug, K. Kalish, F. Lemaire, R. Mairs, V. Millozzi, and J. Westerfeld), who provided friendly and helpful feedback, as well as my
colleague E. Lytle, who has generously revised the manuscript. R.S. Bagnall provided
the acquisition information.
2 Four small, unplaced fragments are registered under the same inventory number.
* Fr. 1, located at the bottom left of the papyrus, appears not to belong to this document. Its verso is paler than that of the main sheet; subtle discontinuities between the
fibers can be observed as well as a discrepancy between the handwritings and the ink
colors. The remains of three lines of writing (c. 10-12 letters each) are visible, but I have
not been able to decipher them satisfactorily. This fragment likely has erroneously or
deliberately been joined to the document, perhaps by the dealer.
* Fr. 2 was originally positioned upside down to the right of fr. 1. The blank space
remaining on its left side shows that the preserved text corresponds to the beginning
of a line. I believe that this fragment (reading vogpo) corresponds to the beginning of
1. 5, where it is now placed. This seems all the more likely since a trace of what could be
the lower part of the first omicron of vogpo is visible just above 1. 6.
* Fr. 3 contains traces of two lines of text. In the first line, I read 9p9i, while only a
fragmentaryphi remains of the second. It would be tempting to think that this fragment