§174 Jesus Son of Papius

Jesus Son of Papius

(0174) Text: Σαμβαθίω(ν) ὁ καὶ Ἰησο(ῦς) Παπίου | χω(ματικοῦ) α’ ˪ Τραιανοῦ τοῦ κυρίου | ˫ ς’ (τετρώβολον) βαλ(ανευτικοῦ) (διώβολον) φυ(λακιτικοῦ) (ὀβολόν). ˪ α’ Παῦνι κγ’

Translation: Sambathion, also known as Jesus son of Papius, in respect for the dyke-tax for the 1st year of our lord Trajan, 6 drachmae, 4 obols; in respect for the bath-tax, 2 obols; in respect for the guard-tax, 1 obol. Year 1, Payni 23. (Trans. Christopher B. Zeichmann)

Commentary: δεκανὸς may also denote either a decurion or a policeman. It is not certain which is meant here. This collection includes Jesus son of Papius’ (also known as Sambathion) tax receipts (comprising §172, §173, §175, §176, §177, §178, §179).

Provenience: Apollinopolis Magna, Egypt (Edfu, Egypt) 17 June 98 CE

Bibliography: K. Worp, “Four Greek Ostraka from the Thermenmuseum (Heerlen),” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 65 (1986): 193-194.