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Select Papyri, Volume II: Public Documents

Select Papyri, Volume II: Public Documents

Translated by A. S. Hunt and C. C. Edgar

ISBN 9780674993129

Publication date: 01/01/1934

Official records from the sands of Egypt.

This volume presents papyri relating to public business of various kinds in Egypt from the middle of the 3rd century BC to AD 710, thus including affairs in that country first when it was ruled by the Greek Ptolemaic kings, secondly when it was a Roman province. The earliest examples date from the reign of King Ptolemy II Philadelphus and the latest from the government by the Arabs after their conquest of Egypt in AD 639–641.

The papyri chosen were all sent by persons in office (from king, Roman emperor, or governor downwards) or addressed to them or sent for their information: Codes and Regulations, 6 examples. Edicts and Orders, 26. Public Announcements, 6. Reports of Meetings, 3. Official Acts and Inquiries, 5. Judicial Business, 18. Petitions and Applications, 44. Declarations to Officials, 30. Appointments and Nominations, 7. Tenders and Contracts, 19. Receipts, 26. Orders for Payment, 6. Accounts and Registers or Lists, 12. Letters, 16. Notes on the systems of dating and of money in Egypt as well as a glossary of technical terms are provided.

The three-volume Loeb Classical Library edition of Select Papyri also includes a volume of poetry and one of private documents.


  • Arthur Surridge Hunt (1871–1934) was a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.
  • Campbell Cowan Edgar (1870–1938) was Director of Egyptian Antiquities in the Cairo Museum.

Book Details

  • 656 pages
  • 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press