Background and Physical Properties
- Recto + Verso
- 11.5 x 22.5 cm.
- Conservation Status
- This rather long letter is in a state of almost perfect preservation.
- Palaeographic Description
- Written in a clear with only little linking of the letters. (TC) Only at the end where the writer became cramped for space is the reading not certain.
- Ann Arbor
- IIIrd/IVth century A.D.
- July 1925; Acquired from Dr. Kondilios
- Type of Text/Title of Work
- Private letter
- Ninnas writes to his esteemed Silvanus. The main substance of the communication consists of observations on the negligence of certain of Silvanus' slave boys in making payments of the sums currently owed by them. By way of a postscript Ninnas adds in the left margin instructions to send various commodities to one Hestia.
- Subject Headings
- Letter writing, Greek--Egypt.
- Julius Silvanus,
- Ninnas to his most esteemed Silvanus, greetings. I wrote this letter to you at the harbor. None of your slave boys has given me anything of the things currently owed by them. But they have stood obdurate for the third day. And especially Euthyches who added a bit of insolence so that I had words with him when he was giving Turbon three artabas of vegetables and to Pieltis six artabas of wheat. And Apollos and Sarapion took up and went off with his spade on behalf of his debt. And he did not declare anything to me without being abusive and ordering me around. And they have not done anything of the works which you commanded them, not have they broken up any ground, since from the present time the necessary works are starting, which, when you come, you will see, and this will he be borne witness to. Nemesas brought to me today forty drachmas on behalf of an old account and says, "I shall take care of the rest." Please write so that I may send the rents to you, unless I am not able to send them. For I know that I have gone through quite a rough time. Greet Crispina and Diogena and Sabina and Strongulus. Everyone in the house greets you and they have sold the rest of the sweet olives. I pray for your good health. Tybi 3. To Hestia (send) two artabas of Borios' black olives and to small Manes one and . . . artabas of sweet olives."
- Verso: "To Julius Silvanus in Dios Polis from Ninnas".
- Perseus Link
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Information on Publications
Series and Volume Editor Year Pg/Nr Photo SB Preferred Citation Corrections PMich Michael Michael EM 1965 28 SB XII 11130 (and XIII, p. 140) Michael EM, PMich Michael, 28, 1965 -- SB XII 11130 (and XIII, p. 140) -- BL VII, 226 on lines 22,25,33,36, 37 verso; BL VIII, 367 (l. 12; 34; 35) BL VII, 226 on lines 22,25,33,36, 37 verso; BL VIII, 367 (l. 12; 34; 35)
Information on Publications--Bibliography
- Sijpesteijn PJ, ZPE 34 (1979), 126-7;
- Year Begin
- Year End
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- 5315 x 3924
- Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS UM)