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More Papyri from the Archive of Panas Son of Espemetis

Brian Muhs

Pages 89 - 103

P.W. Pestman was the first to identify the archive of Panas son of Espemetis, a mortuary priest and moneylender in Thebes in the early Second Century BCE. He attributed to it eight Demotic and Greek papyri in the British Museum and the British Library. After describing the archive as Pestman identified it, I will argue that the archive included three additional unpublished Demotic papyri in the British Museum, and that these papyri indicate that money credit was far more readily available in Ptolemaic Egypt than loan contracts suggest. I will also propose that the archive may have included a group of mostly unpublished Demotic papyri formerly in the Nathan Elkan Adler collection.


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