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Letter About A Pig

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This chapter talks about a complete ostracon which is written in a practiced and elegant hand, was part of material that was excavated by the University of Michigan in Karanis, Dime, and Terenouthis, but that was somehow not accessioned with the bulk of the material from these sites at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. The accession book of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology mentions Karanis as provenance for this piece, without further field information. The text is a letter from Crispus to Niger about the purchase and transport of a pig for a festival. Although the context of this letter with its Latin personal names and offices is clearly Roman, it is impossible to establish whether this Niger is the Gaius Iulius Niger whose archive was found in Karanis.

Keywords: Crispus; Dime; Karanis; Niger; ostracon; Pig; Terenouthis

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