Official correspondence

AD 300

Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty

Beatty acquired a roughly-made, largely-blank papyrus codex in the early part of the 20th century. It contained tax receipts dating to between AD 339 and 345. An examination quickly revealed that the pages were formed from two thicknesses of reused papyrus glued together. When separated, it was shown that the codex was formed from two long rolls containing the correspondence of the Strategus (state officer) of the Panopolite nome.

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  • Title: Official correspondence
  • Date Created: AD 300
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: Panopolis, Egypt
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty Library
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL PapPan II.4
  • Additional Description: Panopolis Papyrus roll