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CAPInv. 1399: koinon ton leukanton


i. Geographical area Egypt
ii. Nome Oxyrhynchites (U19)
iii. Site Oxyrhynchus


i. Full name (original language) κοινὸν τῶν λευκαντῶν (P.Oxy. LIV 3752 l. 6)
ii. Full name (transliterated) koinon ton leukanton


i. Date(s) 318 / 319 AD


ii. Name elements
iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν koinon
Note koinon: P.Oxy. LIV 3752 l. 6; P.Oxy. LIV 3743 recto ll. 7-8


i. Source(s) P.Oxy. LIV 3743 recto (AD 318)
P.Oxy. LIV 3752 (26 Mar AD 319)
Online Resources P.Oxy. LIV 3743 recto = TM 15249
P.Oxy. LIV 3752 = TM 15261
i.a. Source type(s) Papyrological source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Price declarations in Greek
i.c. Physical format(s) 3743r: 7 x 23.2 cm; editor suggests that it may have originally been part of a roll that contained P.Oxy. LIV 3744 and 3745; the verso contains the initial lines of a report before the logistes.

3752: part of a roll measuring 55.5 x 24 cm that contains 7 price declarations (P.Oxy. LIV 3747-3753, AD 319); according to editor they may have been written by same person but the roll is not a tomos synkollesimos; on the verso is a report of proceedings before the logistes (P.Oxy. LIV 3759, AD 325).


ii. Leadership 3743r: μηνιάρχαι meniarchai, two in number, ll. 9-12, Aurelius Maximus son of Sarmates and Aurelius Pathermuthius son of Sarapion.

3752: μηνιάρχαι meniarchai, two in number, ll. 8-10, Aurelius Maximus son of Sarmates and Aurelius Pathermuthius son of Sarapion.


i. Local interaction official interaction; association acting on behalf of the group representing them before the authorities


i. Comments 3743r: declaration of white linens; editor suggests that these are not raw materials but finished items, indicating retail trade or a service industry and referring to finished articles of linen.

The men who are apparently the officials of the association appear to be the same men in both declarations 3743 and 3752.
iii. Bibliography Youtie, H. C. (1976) 'P. Mich. Inv. 337: λευϰαντής', ZPE 22 63-68.

Bagnall, R. S. (2000) 'Governmental roles in the economy of late antiquity', in E. Lo Cascio and D. Rathbone (eds.) Production and Public Powers in Classical Antiquity. Cambridge: 86-91 (esp. 89-90)

Coles, R. Appendix II, P. Oxy. LIV: 230-232


i. Private association Certain
Note The associative terminology and the apparently necessary declaration suggests that this was an association; private here because, in spite of the nature of the declaration itself, there is nothing here to suggest that this group was other than voluntary (although state compulsion may be something else entirely).