Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 49

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Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 49 (P. Oxy. 49) is a letter concerning the emancipation of a slave, written in Greek. The manuscript was written on papyrus in the form of a sheet. It was discovered by Grenfell and Hunt in 1897 in Oxyrhynchus. The document was written on 28 October 100. It is housed in the library of Trinity College (Pap. E 1) in Dublin. The text was published by Grenfell and Hunt in 1898.[1]

The measurements of the fragment are 186 by 70 mm. The letter was written by two bankers, both named Theon, to the agoranomi of Oxyrhynchus, requesting the freedom of a slave named Horion, for whom 10 drachmae of silver and 2 talents, 6,000 drachmae of copper had been paid.[2]

The papyrus was written by the same hand as Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 50 and probably refers to the same transaction.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ P. Oxy. 49 at the Oxyrhynchus Online
  2. ^ a b Grenfell, B. P.; Hunt, A. S. (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri I. London: Egypt Exploration Fund. pp. 107–8. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Jean A. Straus, L'achat et la vente des esclaves dans l'Egypte romaine : contribution papyrologique à l'étude de l'esclavage dans une province orientale de l'Empire romain, München : K.G. Saur, 2004, p. 50.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainB. P. Grenfell; A. S. Hunt (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri I. London: Egypt Exploration Fund.