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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ancient Society 35 (2005)

1 - 17
Real Slave Prices and the Relative Cost of Slave Labor in the Greco-Roman World

19 - 57
The Parallelogram and the Pinecone Geographical Definition of Shapes in Greek and Roman Geography on the Evidence of Strabo
DUECK, Daniela

59 - 77
Tramandere τὸ σαφές: Note in margine a Thuc. I 9.2
CUSCUNÀ, Cristina

79 - 100
Astenia del mito e dinamismo della gnome
La crisi dell'Hellenikon in due discorsi de La guerra del Peloponneso
CASERTA, Cristiana

101 - 117
Un usage fort controversè: La parentè dans le langage diplomatique de l'Èpoque hellènistique

119 - 128
A Letter from Zenon to Kleon: A New Date for P. Zen. Pestm. Suppl. B
Abstract :
The present article offers a new reading for P. Zen. Pestm. Suppl. B, a papyrus text in which Zenon complains to Kleon about uninundated land. The date given in the text appears to have been a double date, though only partially preserved. The new dating fits the chronology of the Zenon archive better.

129 - 134
The Archive of Euphron
Abstract :
Reedition of a papyrus letter belonging to an archive from the Cynopolite nome in Middle Egypt and dating from the second century BC. The writer of the letter is called Pasinous, a rare Greek name typical of Crete.

135 - 165
Goddess of Love and Mistress of the Sea: Notes on a Hellenistic Hymn to Arsinoe-Aphrodite (P. Lit. Goodsp. 2, I-IV)
Abstract :
This article analyses one of the hexametric poems copied on a 2nd-century AD papyrus, possibly from Hermupolis, P. Lit. Goodspeed 2: a Hellenistic hymn to Aphrodite celebrated as a patroness of the sea and of wedded love. This portrayal of the goddess perfectly fits with Ptolemaic royal propaganda in the 3rd century BC. The address to Ἁρσινόα Πτολεμα(ὶ) (II 5) reveals that the goddess is here worshipped as a divine image of a queen Arsinoe, most probably Arsinoe II Philadelphos, who had strong links with key figures of the Ptolemaic navy. The hymn is compared with contemporary Alexandrian poetry, such as the epigrams of the Milan papyrus P. Mil. Vogl. VIII 309. Some hypotheses are also presented on the context of the composition and the performance of the hymn (a Cypriot cult of Arsinoe Philadelphos?).

167 - 173
Prodigies at Privernum: A Note on Cicero, div. I 97

175 - 195
Herod the Great and the Copper Mines of Cyprus

197 - 216
Collegia in the Province of Egypt in the First Century AD
Abstract :
ln this article I explore the apparent discrepancy between the restrictive statutory Roman legislation on collegia and the documentation on associations in 1st-century Egypt. After exploration of the legal background, I examine the testimony of Philo, ln Flaccum 4, which reveals that the dissolution of hetaireiai and synodoi is not part of an empire-wide ban, but is firmly embedded in the history of Alexandria and in the urge of its prefect A. Flaccus to re-establish law and order. The second testimony providing the imposition of a fine on people taking part in associations, Gnomon of the ldios Logos §108, is so fragmentary as to allow only speculation about its context. It could preserve a clause either from A. Flaccusí restrictions or from a tax regulation. The investigation suggests that the discrepancy between the literary tradition of a general ban and the documentary evidence on collegia is probably superficial, and it can be reconciled, if we reconsider the nature and the extent of the prohibition imposed by A. Flaccus, as a local and temporary police measure aiming to dissolve the nuclei of opposition and anti-Roman feeling in early 1st-century Alexandria.

217 - 250
Apollo and the Emperors (II): The Evolution of the Imperial Cult at Sagalassos