ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 45-65
A Gymnasial Registration Report
Uri Yiftach-Firanko Hebrew University
(Re)edition of PSI 7.731 + P.Col. inv. 134, a gymnasial registration
report from Oxyrhynchus, issued sometime after 97/8 CE, for a resident of Herakleous Topoi whose father had been registered in Dromos
Gymnasiou, where the examination of the resident's credentials had
taken place. Discussion of the gymnasial registration procedure.
PSI 7.731 + P.Col. inv. 134 consists of two fragments: the upper fragment
is located in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence. It was purchased
in Cairo in 1922 and published shortly afterwards, in 1925. The lower fragment
was purchased by H.I. Bell in 1924 and was assigned by him to the University of
Columbia, where it is now located in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
It has never been published. The two fragments join perfectly, around 1. 17 of
the Florentine text.
The papyrus consists of three different documents which reflect the history of its use in antiquity. On the recto we find two different documents: on
the left, the text published here, a report of the registration of Zenas son of
Zenas as a member of the gymnasion of Oxyrhynchus with an account of the
legal grounds for his admission. The report formed part of, or was copied from,
a tomos synkollesimos. On the right we spot a perhaps related document, but
only a few letters are preserved at the beginning of each line, so that its nature
cannot be established with certainty.2 The verso contains a text from the late
1 I would like to thank Professors R.S. Bagnall, D. Hagedorn, and A. J6rdens for
proposing some of the readings in the text, Drs. R. Ast and J. Lougovoya for the conservation of P.Col. inv. 134, and Professor R. Pintaudi and Dr. S. Russo for placing at
my disposal a picture of PSI 7.731. The present article was prepared in the course of
the project "Greek Law in Roman Times," sponsored by the Israel Science Foundation,
and during a period of research as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung at
the Institut fir Papyrologie of the University of Heidelberg.
2 In 1. 10 of the Florentine fragment we may read o6w ([iv a ]Ipo6p?). In the
Columbia fragment we read in 1. 4 HpctKXicq, in 1. 6 -Too uio6q, and in line 7 Apxt3iou.