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Last Updated on 13 Jan 2019

Author: Mario C.D. Paganini

CAPInv. 1482: U-EGY-040


i. Geographical area Egypt
ii. Nome Heliopolites (L13)
iii. Site Leontopolis


i. Association with unknown name U-EGY-040


i. Date(s) m. ii BC - e. ii AD


i. Source(s) JIGRE 39 (mid II BC - early II AD)
Note Other publications: CPJ III App. 1 nr. 1530a; Bernand, Inscr.Métriques 16; SB 1 5765
Online Resources Bernand, Inscr.Métriques 16
CPJ III App. 1 nr. 1530a
TM 103770
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Greek metrical epitaph
i.c. Physical format(s) Limestone stele


ii. Leadership In the inscription a man called Abramos is said to have had the office of politarches in two different places: δισσῶν γάρ τε τόπων πολιταρχῶν, disson gar te topon politarchon (l. 7). The charge is also called ἀρχὴ πάνδημος ἐθνική arche pandemos ethnike (ll. 5-6).


iii. Bibliography Honigman, S. (2003), 'Politeumata and ethnicity in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt', AncSoc 33: 61-102.
Sänger, P. (2015), 'Considerations on the administrative organization of the Jewish military colony in Leontopolis: a case of generosity and calculation', in J. Tolan (ed.), Expulsion and Diaspora Formation: religious and ethnic identities in flux from antiquity to the seventeenth century, Turnhout: 171-194.


i. Private association Possible
Note If the office of politarches, which can be inferred from the term πολιταρχῶν, politarchon in l. 7, refers to the existence of a politeuma (or two?) in the area, the group may have constituted a private association or an ethno-congregational group. On the basis of the onomastics and of the terminology employed to describe the office (especially the term ἐθνικός, ethnikos in line 6), it is likely that the group was a Jewish organisation. For the idea of a Jewish politeuma of Leontopolis: Honigman 2003 and Sänger 2015.