Ornella, Salati (2019) Accounting in the Roman Army. Some Remarks on PSI II 119r + ChLA IV 264. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Lingua: English
Title: Accounting in the Roman Army. Some Remarks on PSI II 119r + ChLA IV 264
Ornella, Salatiornella.salati@unina.it
Date: June 2019
Number of Pages: 10
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli 'Federico II'
Department: Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Nazione dell'editore: Spagna
Place of Publication: Barcellona
Publisher: Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat
Date: June 2019
Series Name: Scripta Orientalia 3
Page Range: pp. 644-653
Number of Pages: 10
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roman Army
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-ANT/05 - Papirologia
Access rights: Open access
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2019 10:19
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 08:36
URI: http://www.fedoa.unina.it/id/eprint/12351


The recent publication of PSI II 119r requires a closer reconsideration of the whole roll. PSI II 119r and Ch.L.A. IV 264 were written by the same hand and feature two different sections of an account book that can be dated with accuracy: in Ch.L.A. IV 264 there is evidence for six units and, in l. 10, the cohors I Lusitanorum is mentioned. This cohort made its first appearance in Egypt in 105 CE at the latest,7 and this date can thus be assumed as a certain terminus post quem. Moreover, in PSI II 119r, fr. a l. 17, the abbreviation of the legio III Cyrenaica can be found. The movements of this legion have been quite widely discussed,but, according to a recent, commonly held, view,8 in 125 CE it was permanently transferred to Arabia. The present paper aims to analyse the evidence in order to describe the exact nature of the document and clarify its purpose. Given their different contents, PSI II 119r and Ch.L.A. IV 264 raise different questions and therefore they will be examined separately. Here attention will be paid only to the salient points. In the final part of the paper, considerations of the evidence as a whole will reassess the theory of the original setting of the roll and will support the alternative explanation of it as a specific military account book.


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