VRS Marcin Kotyl Publishes the Second Volume of P.Giss. II: A Notebook Roll and a Fiscal Codex from the Giessen Papyrus Collection (P.Giss. II)

By Hannah McDonald
08/10/2020

Visiting Research Scholar, Marcin Kotyl, recently published the second volume of P.Giss. II: A Notebook Roll and a Fiscal Codex from the Giessen Papyrus Collection (P.Giss. II).

The volume contains the first edition of two Greek documentary papyri with a translation and commentary. The first papyrus is a notebook roll from Philadelphia dated to the last years of Vespasian's reign. It constitutes a coherent dossier of ten documents related to overdue rents on lands associated with imperial estates; of particular interest is the draft of a petition concerning embezzlement addressed to the strategos. The second papyrus is a fiscal codex from the Hermopolite Nome, assigned to the second half of the fourth century. It is a significant new witness to the late antique method of tax assessment based on the still poorly understood fiscal unit of the kephale.