OPES Oslo Papyri Electronic System

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Inventory number:
P.Oslo inv. 1451
   

Background and Physical Properties

 
Material:
Pap
Connections:
P.Fouad 21, l.11-16
Size:
16.5 x 13 cm.
Lines:
12
Publication side:
Recto, the Verso is blank
Palaeogr Descr:

Contents:

 
Date:
63 A.D.
Origin:
Unknown place, province of Egypt
Provenance:
Unknown place, province of Egypt
Acquisition:
Purchased 1934 from Maurice Nahman, Cairo
Language:
Greek
Genre:
Documentary
Author:
Title / Type of text:
Official letter
Content:
Official letter concerning honeste missi (missikii), written from some higher official. Mention of strategoi. At the end four crosses (XXXX) in the middle of the line, signifying perhaps "forty"? According to Daris S P.Oslo inv.1451 and P.Fouad 21, l. 11-16 are identical in expression and are perhaps copies of the same document, and SB VIII 9668 prints Daris' new version of the text and describes it as an "Official document concerning the legal position of dismissed soldiers".
Subject headings:
Letter; Military; Administration; Army; Veterans
Persons:
Geographica:
Translation:
SB VIII 9668: "and the basis of complaint is not the same for each of you. For some of you are legionary veterans and some from the cohorts, some from the alae, some from the oarsmen group so that the legal right is not the same for all. I shall take care of it. I have written to the strategoi of the nomes to instruct them to abide by the terms of the imperial constitution as to the rights of each of you."
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Information on Publication:

 
Series and Volume:
SO  37 130-131
First Editor:
Traversa  A
Year:
1961
SB:
Corrections:
Republication Citation:
Further Republication Note:
Bibliography:
Daris S, Documenti per la storia dell'esercito Romano in Egitto (1964), no. 102. Hengstl J, Bemerkungen zu Papyri, ZPE (1980) p. 88-89 (doubts the connection between the two papyri). Link S, Konzepte der Privilegierung römischer Veteranen, Stuttgart 1989, p. 25, 109-112. Alston R, Soldier and society in Roman Egypt (1995), p. 215, n. 23.
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