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Twelve Greek Ostraca From Elephantine

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The ostraca are housed in the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem. The Ptolemaic ostracon is a receipt for an amount of money, which is further specified. The Roman ostraca are all but one, tax receipts which appear to come from Elephantine on internal grounds. Most of the tax-collectors and their assistants already figure in the helpful list compiled by Klaas Worp in the Appendice to O. Cairo GPW: 'Esattori di tributi e loro assistenti a Syene/Elephantine'. All the ostraca were written in fluent cursive hands, with many abbreviations as may be expected in this kind of text. At the end of this chapter a schematic overview is given of the contents of the ten tax receipts. Remarkable is 48: not a tax receipt, but a notification of the appointment of two local carpenters as αἰοὐτοερς for the visit of the epistrategos.

Keywords: Elephantine; Jerusalem; Klaas Worp; O. Cairo GPW; Pontifical Biblical Institute; Ptolemaic ostracon



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