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Advances of Seed in an Early Ptolemaic Land Survey from the Fayyum

Andrew Monson

Pages 67 - 87

This article presents an edition of some fragments of a village land survey that was probably written in the Fayyum in the third century BCE. It adds to the growing number of Demotic examples of this type of text, whose structure and content correspond closely to Greek person-by-person land surveys. The name of the cultivator, the area of land, the tax rate, the crops sown, the seed loans, and the most recent payments are listed in each entry. The present document is unique for the cryptic account of the seed, which can help us interpret similar texts, and for the obscure reference to a “loan” afterwards.


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