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A Sixth-Century Tax Register from the…

A Sixth-Century Tax Register from the Hermopolite Nome (American Studies…

by Roger S. Bagnall, James G. Keenan, Leslie MacCoull

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The volume under review is the edition of a papyrus codex containing a Greek tax register from sixth-century Egypt (likely from 546-547) concerning a village and a hamlet in the Hermopolite nome. Tax registers written on papyrus codices are a well-known genre of late antique documentary texts; this book adds a further example to their growing corpus. The codex (P.Lond.Copt. 1075) has been known and studied for over hundred years, but this is the first full edition of the text. It is kept in the British Library and should be cited as P.Lond.Herm. according to the recommendation of the editors.

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Keenan, James G.main authorall editionsconfirmed
MacCoull, Lesliemain authorall editionsconfirmed
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This volume publishes the most complete documentary codex from 6th-century Egypt. Known to the scholarly world since 1905 and frequently cited since then, it now appears for the first time in full edition. The codex details money taxes paid by landowners at the village of Temseu Skordon and the hamlet Topos Demeou in the Hermopolite Nome. The language is Greek but with extensive Coptic influence. The text is especially important for its bearing on nomenclature, language, taxation and gold-to-copper monetary conversions.

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