ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 37-57
Two Michigan Papyri'
Jennifer Sheridan Moss Wayne State University
Edition of P.Mich. inv. 4004, comprising two fourth-century texts, an
account of the vestis militaris and a text concerning reimbursement.
1. Account of the Vestis Militaris
P.Mich. inv. 4004 was purchased from Nahman in 1925 as part of a lot of
Oxyrhynchus papyri (Lot IV, later P.Mich. inv. 3999-4028). In a letter dated 16
July, 1925, H.I. Bell described the lot as follows:
Papyri from Oxyrhynchus. These are on the average much superior to
the last and include some good pieces. A noteworthy feature is a set
of freight contracts for the carriages of tax-barley, of the 4th century.
These should be kept together and assigned to a single contributor.
There are also some Homeric fragments of the Ptolemaic period, a
Ptolemaic petition, and some good documents of the 4th cent. I have
valued these at Â~132.2
This papyrus was presented as a gift to the University in October 1926
by Mr. Oscar Webber and Mr. Richard H. Webber of Detroit, MI. They were,
respectively, the General Manager and President of the J.L. Hudson Company,
which operated Detroit's most important department store, which had been
founded by their uncle Joseph L. Hudson.3
1 I want to express my gratitude to Traianos Gagos, Roger Bagnall, and the anonymous reviewers of this article for their helpful suggestions, and to Lisa Hock for her
encouragement. The papyrus appears here with the permission of Professor Gagos.