Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 279

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Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 279 (P. Oxy. 279 or P. Oxy. II 279) is a fragment of a Lease of Domain Land, in Greek. It was discovered in Oxyrhynchus. The manuscript was written on papyrus in the form of a sheet. It is dated between years 44-45. Currently it is housed in the Cambridge University Library (Add. Ms. 4055) in Cambridge.[1]


The document was written by Theogenes.[1] Application addressed to a βασιλικος γραμματευς by Theogenes, who was 'desirous of securing a gain to the treasury,' for the right of cultivating 40 arourae of domain land (βασιλικη γη) near Nesla at a higher rent than that paid by the present cultivators. The details of the rent are obscure owing to the lacunae.[2]

The measurements of the fragment are 344 by 119 mm. The document is mutilated.[2]

It was discovered by Grenfell and Hunt in 1897 in Oxyrhynchus. The text was published by Grenfell and Hunt in 1899.[2]

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  1. ^ a b P. Oxy. 279 at the Oxyrhynchus Online
  2. ^ a b c Grenfell, B. P.; Hunt, A. S. (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri II. London: Egypt Exploration Fund. pp. 269–270. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainB. P. Grenfell; A. S. Hunt (1899). Oxyrhynchus Papyri II. London: Egypt Exploration Fund.