Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 284

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Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 284 (P. Oxy. 284 or P. Oxy. II 284) is a fragment of an Extortion by a Tax-Collector, in Greek. It was discovered in Oxyrhynchus. The manuscript was written on papyrus in the form of a sheet. It is dated to the year about 50. Currently it is housed in the Houghton Library (SM 2219) of the Harvard University in Cambridge.[1]


The measurements of the fragment are 120 by 161 mm. The document is mutilated.[2]

The document was written by Alexandros, a weaver of Oxyrhynchus, and was addressed to the strategus Tiberius Claudius Pasion. The document states, that a tax-collector, Apollophanes, had unjustly compelled him (i.e. author of this document) to pay 16 drachmae in the year 47-48.[1][2]

This papyrus 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. 284 at the Oxyrhynchus Online
  2. ^ a b c Grenfell, B. P.; Hunt, A. S. (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri II. London: Egypt Exploration Fund. pp. 275–276. 

 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.