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Ostr. London, British Library 12478

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Inventory Number Ostr. London, British Library 12478
Publication Number ined
Current Location London, British Library
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned
Publication Status unpublished

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine / Syene () [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery purchase
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Chester, Greville John
Certainty: high
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]


Object Type ostracon
Dating between 166 and
Criteria for Dating date in text
Range of Preservation incomplete
State of Preservation broken at right
Comments on Object Fragment of vessel rim

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Right side broken off
Script, Primary Greek
Language, Primary Greek, Ancient
Comments on Handwriting documentary, hand of scribe of Asinnios
Comments on Text Layout A second hand writes on the rim of the sherd because space is limited in the lower half of the ostracon. The handwriting is notably crammed in the lower half, contrasting with the more generous use of space in the upper half by the first hand. Ink stain on the rim.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 13
Quantity of Columns 1


Text Content

Modern Title Receipt for the price of public dates (time demosiou phoinikos)
Ancient Archives none
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary
  • documentary | receipt | tax receipt
Summary of Content Receipt of Longinus Serenus and Petronios Bassianos, praktores argyrikon of Elephantine, for time demosiou phoinikos of the harvest of year 6 of Antoninus and Verus, paid in year 7, Hathyr 18. with signature of Petronius
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1Λονγῖνος Σερῆνος καὶ Πετρώνιος
2Βασσιανὸς πράκτορες ἀργ(υρικῶν) Ἐλεφ(αντίνης). διέγ(ραψεν)
3Θιψανσνῶς Κ--- ὑπ(ὲρ) τει(μὴς) δημο(σίου)
4φοινίκου γενήματος ς (ἔτους) ὀνόμ(ατος) -?-
5ἐ̣π λ̣όγου (δραχμὰς) δ καὶ ὀ̣ν̣όμ(ατος) -?-
6χεως Ἀπ̣ -?-
7(ἔτους) ζ Ἀντωνίνου -?-
8καὶ Οὐήρου Καίσαρων
9τῶν κυρίων
10Ἁθὺρ ι̅η̅
11 Πετ̣ρωι̣νος
1Longinus Serenus and Petronius
2Bassianus, collectors of money taxes at Elephantine. Has paid
3Thipsansnos, daughter of K---, for the price of public
4dates of the harvest of year 6, on account of ---
5on account 4 dr., and on account of ----
6chis Ap---
7In year 7 of Antoninus
8and Verus Caesares
9the lords
10Hathyr 18.
11(h. 2) Petronius
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Places (read out from edition)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
4462 man Longinus Serenus Σερῆνος Latin



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Marcus Aurelius + Verus 07 Hathyr 18 166 November 14 CE date in text;



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previousely unpublished


DatasetID 316339
last Change 18.08.2022
Author Ruth Duttenhöfer
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 316339 (= Ostr. London, British Library 12478), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Ruth Duttenhöfer .