P.Mich.inv. 5401

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Record Details

Inventory Number
P.Mich.inv. 5401
Processing Number
2455
Section/Side
Recto + Verso

Background and Physical Properties

Publ./Side
Recto + Verso
Connections
archive of Claudius Tiberianus
Material
Pap
Size
17.5 X 21.9 cm
Items
1
Lines
Recto - 33
Verso - 1
Mounted
No
Negative
Yes
Negative in Copenhagen
yes (+verso)
Conservation Status
much damaged, especially in the lower half
Palaeographic Description
See electronic version of PMich VIII, 473
Status
published
Library
Cairo

Contents

Date
(Early) IInd century A.D.
Origin
unknown place, perhaps Alexandria, province of Egypt
Provenance
Karanis, Herakleidou meris, Arsinoite nome, province of Egypt
Acquisition
28-B167D2-M
Language
Greek
Genre
Documentary
Author
Tabetheus
Type of Text/Title of Work
Private Letter
Content
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
Persons
Tabetheus;
her brother Claudius Tiberianus (see P. Mich. VIII, 467-481 introd.);
her son Saturnilus;
Metellus, stratiotes;
Kabin, diakon;
Menas (deceased) (& family)
Geographica
Alexandria; Tonis
Translation
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 . . . .

Information on Publications

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

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.

Cataloging

Cataloger
PH
Year Begin
100
Year End
199

Technical Details

Record
2455
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