P.Mich.inv. 5888

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Inventory Number
P.Mich.inv. 5888
Processing Number
2580
Section/Side
Recto + Verso

Background and Physical Properties

Publ./Side
Recto + Verso
Connections
+ P.Mich.inv. 5868h; Archive of Sabinus and Apollinarius
Material
Pap
Size
13.5 X 30 cm
Items
1
Lines
Recto - 47
Verso - 3
Mounted
No
Negative
No
Negative in Copenhagen
yes (+verso)
Conservation Status
considerably damaged; two strips are lost from the upper and lower left
Palaeographic Description
See electronic version of PMich VIII, 465
Status
published
Library
Cairo

Contents

Date
February 20, 108 A.D.
Origin
unknown place, perhaps province of Arabia
Provenance
Karanis, Herakleidou meris, Arsinoite nome, province of Egypt
Acquisition
30-C123CCH1-A (2)
Language
Greek
Genre
Documentary
Author
Iulius Apollinarius
Type of Text/Title of Work
Private Letter
Content
Letter from Gaius Iulius Apollinarius to his mother Tasoucharion, mainly devoted to expressing his homesickness and to quieting his mother's fears for his safety and comfort
Persons
(Iulius) Apolinarius (Apollinarius) (see P. Mich. IX, p. 5-8);
his mother Tasoucharion (see P. Mich. IX, p. 5-8);
his sister(s) Iulia Sarapias (or Iulia & Sarapias?) (see P. Mich. IX, p. 5-8, and P. Mich. VIII, 466, 43-44);
his grandaunt Sambathin (Sambathion) (see P. Mich. IX, p. 5-8);
Ploutos;
Eros;
Ptolemaios ho mikros;
[---], (his?) brother;
Ammonous (& children);
Betes;
Deios;
Ptollas;
Ptolema[--];
Ptollous;
Clemes (Clemens)
Geographica
Alexandria; Tyre
Translation
[Apollinarius] to Tasoucharion, [my] lady mother, many greetings. Before all else, I pray for your good health, as it is [my wish], to make obeisance to you (and find you) in good health [. . .] and life. You ... me [. . .] if I know in the [. . .] for ... not yet [. . .] of (my) parents, and it is most of all my wish. For each time I remind myself [of you], neither do I eat, nor do I drink, but I cry [. . .] to me alone [. . .] . . . I give thanks to Sarapis and Good Fortune that while all are laboring the whole day through at cutting stones I as an officer move about doing nothing. And I received some money and wanted to send you a gift of Tyrian wares; and since you did not reply, I have not entrusted it to anyone on account of the length of the journey. For fine garments and ebony(?) and pearls and unguents are brought here in abundance(?). Therefore I ask you, my lady, to be . . . and merrily joyful; for this is a good place. For if you are grieved, I am uneasy. Do you now give yourself the trouble to make inquiry of a friend of mine at Alexandria, so that you may send to me through him coarse-fibered linens. For there is none here and the weather is very hot. I ask you seriously not to annoy my lady Iulia in anything, since you know that . . . protects me doubly(?) . . . . I pray that I may make obeisance to you, after the gods, (and find you) in good health. And if you received the set of . . . I ask you without delay to reply to me concerning your health, so that I also may have consolation. Salute Iulia, Sarapias my lady sister, grandmother Sambathion, . . ., Eros, little Ptolemaios, . . . my brother, Ammonous and their children, Betes, Dius, Ptollas, . . ., Ptollous. Clemens . . . came with his man. I greet all those at home. I pray that you be well and happy. Mecheir 25.
(Verso) [For Tasoucharion,] my mother; deliver to Iulia . . . .

Information on Publications

Publications
Series and Volume Editor Year Pg/Nr Photo SB Preferred Citation Corrections
PMich VIII Winter JG-Youtie HC 1951 465 Winter JG-Youtie HC, PMich VIII, 465, 1951 -- BL V, 70 (bibliography); BL VI, 82 (bibliography); BL VIII, 214 (l. 31; bibliography); BL IX, 161 (bibliography; date); BL X, 124 (l. 18) BL V, 70 (bibliography); BL VI, 82 (bibliography); BL VIII, 214 (l. 31; bibliography); BL IX, 161 (bibliography; date); BL X, 124 (l. 18)
CPJ III Fuks A-Tcherikover V 1964 486a (l. 38-43) Fuks A-Tcherikover V, CPJ III, 486a (l. 38-43), 1964

Information on Publications--Further Republications

Further Republications
Rep Editor - Smallwood EM; Rep Ser. - Documents Nerva-Hadrian; 1966; pg.307b

Information on Publications--Bibliography

Bibliography
Davies R.W., BJb 169 (1969) p. 226, n. 4; Bowersock G.W., JRS 61 (1971) p. 232-233; Kennedy D.L., HSCP 84 (1980) p. 289-292; Strobel K., ZPE 71 (1988) p. 258-260; Perpillou-Thomas F., REG 108 (1995) p. 4.

Cataloging

Cataloger
PH
Year Begin
108
Year End
108

Technical Details

Record
2580
Link to this Item
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