Reading the Papyri: Zenon Introduction About Zenon Features of the Archive Reading the Text Putting it All Together

::The Zenon Papyri::

In this installment of Reading the Papyri, we look at one of the papyri from the famous Zenon archive, a large group of documents discovered at the site of ancient Philadelphia in the Fayum region of Egypt. These papyri, which were documents kept by Zenon, the secretary to an important official in the Egyptian government, are some of our earliest Greek documents from Ptolemaic Egypt, and date from the third century BCE, between the reigns of Ptolemy II and Ptolemy III. Like P46, the papyri that comprise the archive were divided between a number of institutions. Through the following webpages, you will be given the opportunity to explore various aspects of one document from this group, a complaint about the theft of a donkey.

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