Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 285

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Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 285 (P. Oxy. 285 or P. Oxy. II 285) 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 British Library (Department of Manuscripts, 796) in London.[1]


The measurements of the fragment are 244 by 98 mm. The document is mutilated.[2]

The document is a petition was written by Sarapion, son of Theon, a weaver from Oxyrhynchus, and was addressed to the strategus Tiberius Claudius Pasion.[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. 285 at the Oxyrhynchus Online
  2. ^ a b c Grenfell, B. P.; Hunt, A. S. (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri II. London: Egypt Exploration Fund. pp. 276–276. 

 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.