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Last Updated on 18 Jan 2019

Author: Mario C.D. Paganini

CAPInv. GR-71: ethne tes Themistou meridos


i. Geographical area Egypt
ii. Nome Arsinoites (00)


i.a. Full reference (original language) ἔθνη τῆς Θεμίστου μερίδος (Chrest.Wilck. 262, recto ll. 1-3)
i.b. Full reference (transliterated) ethne tes Themistou meridos
ii. Reference context A man, Apollonios, is defined as being responsible for the collection of the police-tax for ethne and ergasteria of the Themistou meris of the Arsinoite for the 25th regnal year (of Ptolemy III, i.e. 223/4 BC): παρʼ Ἀπολλωνίου | τοῦ ἐξειληφότος τὸ φυ(λακιτικὸν) ἐθινῶν (l. ἐθνῶν) καὶ ἐρ(γαστηρίων) | τῆς Θεμίστου μερίδος εἰς τὸ κε (ἔτος), par' Apolloniou tou exeilephotos to phylakitikon ethnon kai ergasterion tes Themistou meridos eis to 25 etos (ll. 1-3). The man wrote a petition to the oikonomos against his colleague in the tax-farming who allegedly made agreements with those liable to the police-tax for a lower rate, thus damaging the contractors.


i. Date(s) 223 BC


i. Descriptive terms ἔθνη, ethne
Note Ethne: Chrest.Wilck. 262 recto l. 2, verso col. I l. 3, col. II l. 11.


i. Source(s) Chrest.Wilck. 262 (223/4BC)
Note Other editions: P.Petr. III 32 f
Online Resources Chrest.Wilck. 262
TM 7426
i.a. Source type(s) Papyrological source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Greek petition to the oikonomos.
i.c. Physical format(s) Papyrus.
ii. Source(s) provenance The papyrus was found in Gurob (Arsinoites).


i. Private associations Possible
Note Given the fact that the ethne here are paired with ergasteria 'factories' for the exaction of the police-tax, it is possible that the term indicates private associations gathering together professional of specific crafts. However, it is also possible that it refers to generic professional groups as tax-categories.