P.Mich.inv. 6960 / Recto

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Record Details

Inventory Number
P.Mich.inv. 6960
Processing Number
3049
Section/Side
Recto
Image Side
Recto

Background and Physical Properties

Publ./Side
Recto; Verso is blank
Connections
P.Mich. XVIII, 771-772; 774
Material
Pap
Size
8.8 x 17.7 cm
Items
1
Lines
27
Mounted
Yes
Negative
Yes
Conservation Status
Broken off at the top; damaged along three vertical and two horizontal folds
Status
published
Library
Ann Arbor

Contents

Date
ca. 194 B.C.
Origin
Arsinoite nome, Egypt
Provenance
Unknown necropolis (cemeteries at Abusir al-Malaq or al-Lahun?)
Acquisition
Mummy cartonnage bought in 1982
Language
Greek
Genre
Documentary
Author
[Menches]
Type of Text/Title of Work
Complaint
Content
Complaint (hypomnema), probably addressed by the goldsmith Menches to the epimeletes Protarchos (or his agent Asklepiades) (see P.Mich. XVIII, 774), because, after being whipped and searched by Ptolemaios and Menelaos, he has been deprived by them of a lump of silver and a necklace
Persons
[Menches] (see also P.Mich. XVIII, 771-772; 774);
Ptolemaios (see also P.Mich. XVIII, 771-772; 774; see also P.Mich. XVIII, p. 93 and 119);
Menelaos, ho kata polin (see also P.Mich. XVIII, 774)
Geographica
Krokodilon polis (Arsinoiton polis)
Translation
[- - -] . . . though I [paid] 1300 drachmai every month and regularly until Pachon for which I have the receipts. But on the 5th of Pauni, Ptolemaios found me in the silversmithy in Krokodilopolis, took me to the bank, and handed me over to Menelaos, the police officer in the city. Although I stated that I owed nothing, he (Ptolemaios) made him (Menelaos) whip me, and, after my person had been searched, they found that I had a lump of silver and a necklace, which Menelaos took away from me, altogether 108 drachmai in value; he led me off to prison until next morning and deprived me of the aforementioned articles. Therefore I ask that you summon Menelaos and Ptolemaios in order that I might obtain justice for myself through you and recover the objects of my complaint. Farewell.

Information on Publications

Publications
Series and Volume Editor Year Pg/Nr Photo SB Preferred Citation Corrections
PMich XVIII Keith AM 1996 773 Pl. X Keith AM, PMich XVIII, 773, 1996, Pl. X

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Cataloging

Cataloger
PH
Year Begin
-194
Year End
-194

Technical Details

Image Size
2303 x 3037
File Size
931 KB
Record
3049
Link to this Item
https://quod.lib.umich.edu/a/apis/x-3049/6960r_a.tif

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