ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 44 (2007) 233-234
Philip Schmitz, Die GiessenerZenonpapyri (P.Iand.Zen.). Papyrologica
Coloniensia 32. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh, 2007. xvii + 277
pages. ISBN 978-3-506-76431-7.
This publication by Schmitz (hereafter S.) of all identified Zenon papyri in
the P.Iand. collection completes the publication of all the texts from the Zenon
archive held in the papyrus collections in Giessen.
The first section, 1-8, comprises a re-edition of the eight texts previously
edited by E Uebel and published posthumously by H.G. Gundel in APF 26
(1978) 5-31. The first three texts are contracts, the others agricultural receipts.
They were collected as SB 14.11659-64, with the exception of 2, which is referred to in SB 14.11659 (p. 238), and 8, which was re-edited as P.Zen.Pestm.
60. It is very welcome to have them re-edited and included here for the sake
of completeness. One of the major obstacles standing in the way of further
work on the Zenon archive is the difficulty of rounding up so many texts not
only scattered across so many collections, but published in so many different
All the remaining papyri, 9-82, are texts which are published here for the
first time. 9-16 are fragments of long-lined letters written across the fibres in
the characteristic Kanzleischrift of the Zenon archive. All are concerned with
agricultural matters, and all are very fragmentary. It is to be hoped that, in time,
they might be joined up with other fragments from the Zenon archive in other
collections; S's successful combination of two separate inventory numbers
in both 11 and 16 continues in the right direction here, following on Uebel's
earlier success in joining up P.Iand. texts with others in Cairo (24 and 57 here),
Florence (53 here), and Michigan (29 here).
17-46 comprise other letters. 17 is the third example of a letter from
Panakestor to his subordinates Kleitarchos and Andron, allowing it to be dated
ca. 258-256 BCE. I note that, as elsewhere throughout the Zenon archive, the
ratio of datable texts (17-27) to undated texts (28-46) seems to run at about
1:3. 47-50 comprise two hypomnemata, a royal oath concerning 100 artabas
of croton, and the end of an enteuxis, which may represent the end of another
copy of P. Cair.Zen. 4.59639.
Although I am unable to confirm it from the image, in the royal oath,
49, in lines 8-9 we must surely read flyopctKVctt or maybe FyopaKtVctt, "have
bought," as S. himself suggests in his note to line 8, rather than <o>eoupaK Vtt,
which he prints in the text and translates "gestohlen (?)." If the latter reading is
correct, then it must be a variant form of ovXdw/o6pw, which is given in the
index, but does not mean "steal," and its perfect does not form in this way.