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A Large Estate in Egypt in the Third Century B.C.: A Study by Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff

By Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff

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Apollonius and Zenon have important economic interests in the city of Memphis. Z. 24, 30). Payments are made in barley to the apcc/3irrepor of Memphis. I. 627. I. 594, 5 (cf. 615 and 619). I. 488), and in the letter which this contractor sends to Zenon together with his offer to undertake the work, he writes of himself as receiving a salary from Zenon and thus depending on Apollonius and Zenon. T h e fact that the offer to undertake the work of keeping the dykesin order, a t Memphis is addressed, not to the regular administration of the nome but to Apollonius directly, and that the contract between Apollonius and the contractor is subject to the subsequent approval of this administration, the oeconome and the engineer, is indeed peculiar.

1, and P. Lille 5, 1. 13, land sown with grass was formerly Gpvp6s. I n P. Lille 5, 1. $vXi~is; in 1. 23 of the same papyrus are mentioned 200 arurae of land where brushwood ought to be cut ([vho~oaia). I n P. $vXirrs near the shrine of Isis of Attinas. The most common kinds of brushwood in Egypt were willows (isia) and tamarisk (pvpi~~lj, the latter used frequently for the dykes and bridges. For 56 The evidence on the Gpupoi was collected b y Calderini, Aegyplus, I, 56 fi. s7 I remind the reader of such names as IIsohapair Apupoi;.

A part only of this letter is preserved. This part deals with the letting out of some works between Philadelphia and Patsonthis. T o carry out these works Petechon was appointed by Apollonius the dioeketes himself, iIcp';v qpiis ~araXeia€t 'AROXX~VLOS b S L O L K I ~they ~S; were, of course, works for the Gwped of Apollonius. The letter of petechon is scornful. He reproaches Klearchus and Kleon with their quarrels for which the responsibility will fall upon him, Petechon (6tb r q v fperipav ci+tpaxiav ifi[&]i v C~~Atj~paac r[ivccrOa~]) and adds that until the dull mind of Klearchus grasps the situation the works may suffer.

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