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Background and Physical Properties
- Recto + Verso
- archive of Claudius Tiberianus
- 17.5 X 21.9 cm
- Recto - 33
- Verso - 1
- Negative in Copenhagen
- yes (+verso)
- Conservation Status
- much damaged, especially in the lower half
- Palaeographic Description
- See electronic version of PMich VIII, 473
- (Early) IInd century A.D.
- unknown place, perhaps Alexandria, province of Egypt
- Karanis, Herakleidou meris, Arsinoite nome, province of Egypt
- Type of Text/Title of Work
- Private Letter
- Letter from Tabetheus to her brother Tiberianus, explaining how her son Satornilus (who subsequently became ill) came to be guilty of a murder, and asking Tiberianus to effect a settlement of the claims resulting from the murder
- Subject Headings
- Violence (murder)
- her brother Claudius Tiberianus (see P. Mich. VIII, 467-481 introd.);
- her son Saturnilus;
- Metellus, stratiotes;
- Kabin, diakon;
- Menas (deceased) (& family)
- Alexandria; Tonis
- Tabetheus to Claudius Tiberianus, her brother, very many greetings. Before all else I pray for your health and I make obeisance for you in the presence of the lord Souchos. I was happy that you sent my son in order that I might greet him. But you have not . . . . For Saturnilus has not found out what I did for him. I bought three minai of linen and I sent them. Do not blame me if you did not deliver them to Metellus the soldier. I want you to write concerning a friend; deliver them to him immediately. I was much annoyed. I was able to send you the robe this year; I did not send it last year(?), but I sent and sold them to Kabin the attendant. When I went down from our home at Tonis and came to Saturnilus's lodging and saw our things – may the evil eye not touch them, I did not approve that he, my son, should trust Menas. And after he had killed him, he told me not to be distressed; I told Saturnilus that I was sleepless from worry. Since you caused me damage to the extent of twelve hundred drachmai, let them go to my son’s ransom. And I went down to Alexandria with my son. For this reason a madness took hold of him, because he did not approve that he [i.e. Menas] and his family should consume the rations. If god wills and you receive the rations that I put up for you, do not you also . . . them. Concerning last year's rations, I did not prepare them; . . . prepared them last year. I sent them from Alexandria as late as the second shipment upstream. And he became ill. I was tortured with the grief that he caused me, but I was utterly happy that he remained alive. I have insistently urged him, "Take a taste of Alexandria," and he says to me, "I don't want to." I thank the gods that he is like you; no one can mock him. Salute all your people, each by name. How much damage have I incurred this past year on account of Saturnilus! Neither was he(?) liable for it nor was I, but I have incurred damage on every side. Farewell.
- (Verso) Deliver to . . . Tiberianus from Tabetheus . . . .
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Information on Publications
Series and Volume Editor Year Pg/Nr Photo SB Preferred Citation Corrections PMich VIII Winter JG-Youtie HC 1951 473 Pl. IV Winter JG-Youtie HC, PMich VIII, 473, 1951, Pl. IV -- BL VII, 111 (bibliography); BL IX, 161 (bibliography) BL VII, 111 (bibliography); BL IX, 161 (bibliography)
Information on Publications--Bibliography
- J. Modrzejewski, Iura 8 (1957) p. 93-101; G.B. Pighi, Lettere latine d'un soldato di Traiano (Bologna, 1964) p. 6-7; 23-26; R.W. Davies, BASP 10 (1973) p. 21-25; G. Calboli, Latin vulgaire - latin tardif II. Actes du IIe Colloque international sur le latin vulgaire et tardif (Tuebingen, 1990) p. 23-44.
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