ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 67-73 An Oxyrhynchite Marriage Contract as School Exercise? Tom Garvey Kenyon College Abstract P.Mich. inv. 6665 shares many features with Oxyrhynchite marriage contracts. Several peculiarities, however, militate against interpreting it as a "real" marriage contract, and rather make it seem an exercise of sorts. These are: the strictly graded series of amounts included in the document (2, 20, 200); the omission of other specifics where expected; the quasi-literary style of writing; and the correction in a different hand in 1. 10. Noteworthy is the left-leaning slant of the main text. Physical Description and Hand The papyrus measures 13 x 17 cm. Clear, sizeable margins at the top (2.5 cm) and bottom (1.5-2 cm) indicate that the original text had no more than the present thirteen lines. The extant text contains 35-55 characters in each line, written across the fibers. There is a kollesis at 11.5 cm from the farthest point of the left side. The verso is blank. Two major tears, one vertical (1/3 the way through the text) and the other horizontal (more or less through line 8) combine with a line of vertical wear (2/3 the way through the text) to impair legibility. This vertical damage is consistent with folding. A small scrap of papyrus (not quite two lines tall and seven characters long at its widest) has been affixed to the main papyrus in the wrong place, and should begin lines 2-3 rather than 3-4. The hand is of medium size, rather elementary but not unschon, and clear throughout. It seems closer to a literary, school hand than to that of a scribe 1 This edition is the result of a seminar by Peter van Minnen as Whitehead Professor at the American School for Classical Studies at Athens during the 2008-09 academic year. Although thanks are due also to the anonymous readers whose comments have improved this edition, special thanks must go him. All remaining errors are my own.
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