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Receipt of Wine, with Order for Payment from the Third Century


I am on a bit of a kick when it comes to searching for images that I have never seen before.  Today’s image moves us back some 1600 years from India to Egypt to show us a receipt for wine.  While I am aware of extensive histories related to Egyptian wine I still find it staggering to see such original documentation.  This particular receipt details 84 keramia that were taken from one vat and 85 keramia from another.  In Roman Egypt a keramia was one of several measures used. [1]  You may find the complete translation below.

 

Receipt of Wine, with Order for Payment. Mid-IIIrd century A.D. Advanced Papyrological Information System. University of Michigan. [2]

Receipt of Wine, with Order for Payment. Mid-IIIrd century A.D. Advanced Papyrological Information System. University of Michigan. [2]

Translation: “Phaophi 18. Herakleides has received from Eu… eighty-four keramia from the first vat and eighty-five keramia from the second vat, which equal one hundred sixty-nine keramia, equal 169. Give the price to the landowner, in accordance with the instructions concerning the contract.”


[1] URL: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/a/apis/x-1702/294r_a.tif
[2] Rathbone, Dominic.  Economic Rationalism and Rural Society in Third-Century AD Egypt. 1991. URL: http://books.google.com/books?id=ie_GhrbUbZYC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

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