::Putting it All Together::
Now that you have closely read each of the letters in each line, we can try
to put the papyrus together, and to understand what it means. Click on the
links below to see and translate the Greek, and to read about how this
papyrus fits into the Zenon archive.
The Text of the Papyrus -
In this section, we will look at the Greek text and translate it.
P. Mich. inv. 3196 in Context - In this section,
we will look at how this papyrus fits in with other texts
from the Zenon archive. We'll look at the date of the text, what Zenon was doing
at the time, and what the papyrus can tell us about life in Philadelphia.
Studying papyri like this example from the Zenon archive is an exciting
way to explore the ancient world, and it is the one of the
few opportunities we have to connect with the distant past
directly through the words of ancient authors. Visit our website,
Reading the Papyri, to see
more examples of writing from the ancient world.
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