Menches, Komogrammateus of Kerkeosiris: The Doings and Dealings of a Village Scribe in the Late Ptolemaic Period (120 - 110 B. C.) ; (P. L. Bat. 29)
This is the first study of Menches, village scribe ("komogrammateus") of Kerkeosiris between 120 and 110 B.C., on the basis of the complete body of documents from his archive. The author first presents and discusses the only source material: the papyri found inside crocodile mummies at the Egyptian village Tebtunis during the winter of 1899/1900. After establishing the precise nature of these papyrus documents, the book goes on to explore what we can learn from them about Menches' (re)appointments to the post of village scribe; his position in the Ptolemaic bureaucracy; his contacts - written and otherwise - with peers and superiors; his day-to-day tasks, mainly concerned with fiscal land administration; and, in a final chapter, his dealings with a 'strike' of colleague village scribes and a 'strike' of farmers at his village.
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50 artabas A.S. HUNT addressed administration Aegyptus agricultural production Akousilaos Alexandria Amenneus Apollonios apparently archive of Menches arouras Arsinoite nome artabas Asklepiades basilikos grammateus batch BL VIII brother-official Chairemon Cleruchic land copy correspondence crocodile mummies crops Crown tenants cultivation Demotica derelict Crown land descr dioiketes documents Dorion draft dv(d Egyptian epistates Greek Grenfell & Hunt Horos Intr land reclamations letter listed March-April 117 May/June Mecheir Menches group Menches papers mentioned Mestasutmis mummies mummified nome capital non-Crown land November 114 office of village Official Archive P.W. PESTMAN Pachon papyrus payments perhaps Period person Petesouchos petition Phaophi plot Polemon possible present presumably probably profitable Crown land Ptol Ptolemaic Egypt Ptolemais Euergetis reappointment recto rent revenues scil scribe of Kerkeosiris Sobek Soknebtunis sown strategos suggests survey of agricultural TCOV Tebt Tebtunis Tebtunis Papyri tomb topogrammateus verso village scribe written
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