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Saturday, May 28, 2011

B.P. Muhs, Receipts, Scribes and Collectors in Early Ptolemaic Thebes (O. Taxes 2)

Receipts, Scribes and Collectors in Early Ptolemaic Thebes (O. Taxes 2)
Series: Studia Demotica, 8
Author: Muhs B.P.
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-90-429-2431-4
Pages: XX-329 p. + LVI pl.
Price: 75 EURO

The author publishes 157 tax receipts and other texts from Thebes in Early Ptolemaic Egypt (332-200 BC), including 102 Demotic texts and 55 Greek or bilingual texts. 113 texts are published here for the first time, and the others were previously only partially published or have been substantially reread. The first six chapters contain text editions organized by tax category. Short essays introduce each category, and in several cases reinterpret them. The text editions include facsimile drawings together with transliterations and translations. Photographs are appended for all but 21 of the texts that are known only from facsimiles. The seventh chapter summarizes the careers of the scribes and officials, including attestations outside tax receipts, and distinguishes two different career patterns. The eighth chapter discusses the taxpayers known from multiple tax receipts, and how modern collectors acquired and dispersed these ancient archives. Full indexes complete the volume.