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Last Updated on 07 Jan 2019

Author: Matt Gibbs & Philip F. Venticinque

CAPInv. 1408: U-EGY-072


i. Geographical area Egypt
ii. Nome Arsinoites (00)
iii. Site Tebtynis


i. Association with unknown name U-EGY-072


i. Date(s) 14 - 37 AD


iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν, koinon
Note koinon: P.Mich.V 243, l. 3


i. Source(s) P.Mich.V 243 (AD 14-37)
Note Other editions: AGRW 300
Online Resources P.Mich.V 243
TM 12084
AGRW ID 2988
i.a. Source type(s) Papyrological source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Regulations/charter of the association; ancient Greek
i.c. Physical format(s) papyrus, 37cm x 23cm


ii. Leadership Heron the son of Orses, προστάτης prostates, l. 1
iii. Members συνοδῖται synoditai, l. 10
vi. Laws and rules Failing to help someone in need results in a fine of 8 drachmas, l.6; shoving and taking wrong place at a banquet (εὐωχία euochia) results in a fine of 3 obols, l.6-7; prosecution or slander of another results in fine of 8 drachmas, l.7; intrigue of another or corruption/destruction of the home results in a fine of 60 drachmas, l.8; surety up to 100 drachmas for 30 days, l.9; rules regarding funerals in the event of a member's death: outward display of grief/shaving of hair and hold a feast for one day, for which each member contributes one drachma and 2 loaves, l.9-10; association seems to intend to hold a feast for one day in the event of a death of others (non-members) affiliated with the group somehow, l.10.
viii. Obligations monthly dues of 12 drachmas from each member, l.2


i. Treasury/Funds common funds
iii. Income monthly dues of 12 drachmas from each member, l.2; contribution to mark a member's marriage, 2 drachmas, l.5; contribution on birth of children (2 drachmas for son, 1 drachma for daughter), l.5; contribution on purchase of property, 4 drachmas, l.5; for purchase of livestock (flock of sheep 4 drachmas, herd of cattle, 1 drachma), l.5


i. Number 17
ii. Gender Men
Note Recorded names are male names.
iii. Age Adults
Note only 4 ages recorded, ranging from 42-55


ii. Meetings and events monthly banquets on the 12th, l.1; meetings held in city and village (fines assessed for failing to attend), l.4


i. Comments Possibly association of cattle or sheep herders (probatoktenotrophoi) based on language in the charter.
iii. Bibliography Alston, R. (1998) “Trade and the City in Roman Egypt.” In H. Parkins and C. Smith, eds. Trade, Traders and the Ancient City. London; New York: Routledge, pp. 168-202 (esp. 172);
Arnaoutoglou, I. N. (2005) "Collegia in the Province of Egypt in the First Century AD." AncSoc 35: 197-216 (esp. 201);
Gibbs, M. (2011) "Trade Associations in Roman Egypt: Their Raison d’Être." AncSoc 41: 291-315 (esp. 301);
Venticinque, P. F. (2010) "Family Affairs: Guild Regulations and Family Relationships in Roman Egypt.” GRBS 50: 278-286 (esp. 274 [n.4]);
Venticinque, P. F. (2013) “Matters of Trust: Associations and Social Capital in Roman Egypt.” CHS Research Bulletin 1, no. 2


i. Private association Certain
Note Given the similarities between this and other regulations by private associations, the vocabulary within the document, and the connections to the Kronion archive, we can be certain that this a private association.