Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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[289] Letter Concerning Inability to Pay Contributions (184 CE) Karanis - Fayum region


Karanis (Fayum region, Egypt — Pleiades map), 184 CE (July 25)
AGRW 289 = PMich IX 575 = TM 12066  = ID# 2885


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Papyrus (9.5 x 7.5 cm), now at the University of Michigan (inv. 5374 28-B163A-A). This is a poorly written document with a variety of grammatical errors. The letter is written on the reverse side (verso): on the front side (recto) is a receipt for 18 1/16(?) artabai of wheat

To Thrax, the supervisor (epimelētēs), and to the members of the synod (synoditai), from Epiodoros. Since I am in poor condition (asthenōs; poor financial or health conditions) and unable to make contributions to the association (or: common fund; koinon [?]), I ask that you accept my resignation. Farewell.

Year 24. Farewell. First of the month of Mesore.

To the fellow members of the synod.

Translation by: Harland and Kloppenborg



(recto) Θρακος ἐπιμελητης | καὶ τοῖς συνοδείτοις | παρὰ Ἠπιόδωρος {τοῖς | συνοδείτοις} ἀσθενῶς || ἔχων κοὐ δυνάμενος | νέμιν τὴν κοινήν, | ἀξειῶι δεξαμενος | τὴν ἀπόῤ̔εισειν. εὐτύχει.| (ἔτους) κδ. ἐρρωσσο Μεσορὴ α. ||

(verso) συνιτο̣ι̣ς̣

Item added: September 11, 2012
Item modified: October 9, 2018
ID number: 2885
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