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Author: Mario C.D. Paganini

CAPInv. 826: U-EGY-024


i. Geographical area Egypt
ii. Nome Pathyrites (U04a)
iii. Site Pathyris


i. Association with unknown name U-EGY-024


i. Date(s) 103 BC


i. Source(s) C.Jud.Syr.Eg. 1 verso (15 Pauni = 29 June 103 BC)
Note Other editions: SB XX 14728; P. Amh. II 39; P. Grenf. I 30
Online Resources C.Jud.Syr.Eg. 1; TM 164
i.a. Source type(s) Papyrological source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Private letter in Greek sent to Pates and Pachrates and their fellow soldiers, all of them (?) philobasilistai.
i.c. Physical format(s) Papyrus.


iii. Members The members are called φιλοβασιλισταί, philobasilistai (verso, l. 2).


i. Number It is difficult to reconstruct the number of members of the philobasilistai: only two of them (Pates and Pachrates) are named. However, the Demotic letter C.Jud.Syr.Eg. 3 (cf. CAPInv. 825) was written to Pates and Pachrates and 21 other named men: despite the absence of any relevant reference in the text, they may well have been the other philobasilistai (certainly they were Pates and Pachrates' companions of arms).
ii. Gender Men
Note Given the military character of the association, the members were men.
iii. Age Adults
Note Given the military character of the association, the members were probably adults.


i. Comments The philobasilistai included the named addressees of the letter (Pates and Pachrates) and their fellow soldiers, as indicated in the address on the verso of the letter (see relevant commentary in C.Jud.Syr.Eg. 1). They belonged to the camp of Pathyris (cf. C.Jud.Syr.Eg. 8) but moved according to the needs of war. The membership of the philobasilistai overlapped with or at any rate had some interest in the association in honour of the god Nechtpharaus (and of the crocodile god Souchos), as a certain Porteis, hegemon of the men in selection, and the neaniskoi of the company informed the philobasilistai that they had chosen the prostates of the association of Nechtpharaus (cf. CAPInv. 825).


i. Private association Certain
Note The terminology used (philobasilistai) makes it certain that we have here a private association.