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Title: Additions to the Philosarapis Archive
Subtitle: The Contribution of Women to the Family's Wealth
Author(s): ROWLANDSON, Jane
Journal: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Volume: 53    Date: 2016   
Pages: 315-353
DOI: 10.2143/BASP.53.0.3200515

Abstract :
Aided by the DDBDP and other electronic resources, this article argues that P.Iand. 7.135, 137, and P.Ryl. 2.173A belong to the Philosarapis archive (the Family Archive from Tebtunis). The Rylands text, in combination with an improved understanding of P.Fam.Tebt. 12, facilitates a correct reading of the names of the female buyer and her kyrios in P.Fam.Tebt. 3, which is thereby also confirmed as belonging to the archive. These additions highlight the important contribution of wives to the family’s wealth, particularly that of the matriarch Thaubarion and her grandson’s wife, Herakleia. Finally, the eponymous Philosarapis is shown to be not his parents’ first-born son, but their youngest child (although we do not know why his elder brother was unable to keep the archive); despite his marriage to a weaver’s daughter, the family as a whole saw no diminution of their prosperity compared to earlier generations.

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