P.Mich.inv. 1285 / Recto

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Record Details

Inventory Number
P.Mich.inv. 1285
Processing Number
1370
Section/Side
Recto
Image Side
Recto

Background and Physical Properties

Publ./Side
Recto; Verso is blank
Connections
Archive of Kronion son of Apion, nomographos of the grapheion of Tebtynis
Material
Pap
Size
40.5 x 29 cm
Items
1
Lines
6 + 18 + 8
Mounted
Yes
Negative
Yes
Conservation Status
nearly complete
Status
published
Library
Ann Arbor

Contents

Date
December 2, 42 A.D.
Origin
Tebtynis, Polemonos meris, Arsinoite nome, province of Egypt
Provenance
Tebtynis, Polemonos meris, Arsinoite nome, province of Egypt
Acquisition
Acquired from Nahman; reached the University in 1923
Language
Greek
Genre
Documentary
Author
Orseus alias Herodes, son of Nestnephis
Type of Text/Title of Work
Division of Property
Content
Will made in the form of a contract for the division of property by a father, Orseus, son of Nestnephis, among his four children; although the legal division is to be made after the death of Orseus, the heirs actually take over their inheritance at once, as is clear from what the eldest son, Nestnephis, agrees to pay for his father. The body of the contract is left unfinished; the signalments of Orseus and Nestnephis are given in a note in the left margin.
Persons
Claudius, Emperor;
Orseus alias Herodes son of Nestnephis, husband of Taorseus;
Taorseus son of Patron, wife of Orseus alias Herodes;
Nestnephis alias Ischyrion son of Orseus alias Herodes and of Taorseus;
Papontos son of Orseus alias Herodes and of Taorseus;
Esouris son of Orseus alias Herodes and of Taorseus;
Taapollos daughter of Orseus alias Herodes and of Taorseus;
Herakleides son of Herakleides (former owner);
Chaires son of Mieus;
Soueris daughter of Chrates;
Nestnephis (son of Nestnephis), brother of Orseus alias Herodes;
(unnamed) hermeneus;
Menemachos son of Alexandros (see also P.Mich. V, 305)
Geographica
Tebtynis, Polemonos meris, Arsinoite nome; Theogonis; he kyle (koile) legomene; Tali (Talei)
Translation
The third year of Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Imperator, on the fifth of the month Ioulieu, that is, Choiak, in Tebtynis in the division of Polemon of the Arsinoite nome. Orseus, also called Herodes, son of Nestnephis, about sixty-five years old, with a prominent right eye and with a cataract on the left eye, and with a scar at the tip of the left eyebrow beside the eyelid, acknowledges that he has made a division, to take effect after his death, among the four children borne to him of the wife with whom he lives, Taorseus, daughter of Patron, the children being Nestnephis, also called Ischyrion, and Papontos and Esouris and Taapollos, (as follows): to Ischyrion, also called Nestnephis, the <two arourai> of catoecic allotment that belong to him, Orseus, also called Herodes, near Theogonis in the same division, in the so-called valley . . .
(2nd hand) I, Orseus, also called Herodes, son of Nestnephis, acknowledge that I have made a division, to be effective after my death, among my aforesaid four children borne of my wife Taorseus, daughter of Patron, with whom I live according to contract, the children being Nestnephis, also called Ischyrion, and Papontos and Esouris and Taapollos, (giving) to Ischyrion, also called Nestnephis, the catoecic allotment near Theogonis in the so-called valley, consisting of two arourai, or as many as there may be, in one parcel; the neighbors being on the south the allotment, formerly belonging to Herakleides, son of Herakleides, but now belonging to others, on the north the allotment of Chaires, son of Mieus, on the west the allotment of Soueris, daughter of Chrates, on the east the allotment of Nesnephis, my brother. And I acknowledge (that I have given) to Nestnephis, also called Ischyrion, one fourth of the building sites that belong to me in the village of Talei, which are all common and undivided, and of which the neighbors have been stated in the documents dealing with previous ownerships. And I give to him also one third of the furniture and household goods, and of all the sums due me of any kind whatsoever. And I also acknowledge that I have made a division, to take effect after my death, among the aforesaid Papontos and Esouris and Taapollos, (giving) to each of them one quarter of the building sites alone; and to Papontos and Esouris also one third of the furniture and household goods that I shall leave and of the sums due me of any kind whatsoever; and also to the same two, Papontos and Esouris, sixty drchmai of silver apiece, which Ischyrion, also called Nestnephis, shall pay from his own purse, without delay or subterfuge, in the year in which I die. Ischyrion, also called Nestnephis, shall also pay all the public taxes in money and in kind on the two arourai, and he shall provide me as long as I live, from the present day annually in the month Drousilleios, on account of food and payments in kind, with twelve artabai of new, pure, and unadulterated wheat, measured in the six-choinix measure of the broker in Talei, and with twelve drachmai of silver annually on account of clothers and oil and expenses; and he shall pay all the public charges in my behalf both for the tax on flute players and the tax on music. And (I acknowledge that) as long as I live, I, Orseus, also called Herodes, shall not have the power to sell any of the aforesaid property or to mortgage it or to give any part of it to any children except the aforesaid. I agree that anything that shall be done illegally by me contrary to these conditions shall be null and void as aforesaid. Menemachos, son of Alexandros, wrote for him since he is illiterate.
(In the left margin) Orseus, about 65 years old, with a scar at the tip of the left eyebrow beside the eyelid and with a prominent right eye and with a cataract on the left eye. Nestnephis, about 40 years old, with a scar on his left foot.

Information on Publications

Publications
Series and Volume Editor Year Pg/Nr Photo SB Preferred Citation Corrections
PMich V Husselman EM 1944 321 Husselman EM, PMich V, 321, 1944

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Institution
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Cataloging

Cataloger
PH
Year Begin
42
Year End
42

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Image Size
4608 x 3480
File Size
2 MB
Record
1370
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