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|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||50 (Qaṣr Qārūn)||Class||Textual|
P.Abinn. 13; P.Gen. I 58: Letter to Abinnaeus from Ploutammon.
The exactor Plutammon requests some immediate service from Abinnaeus on the ground that he has been placed in some danger by an action of the latter on his behalf. The expression: "For I trusted in god (ἐγὼ γὰρ τῷ θεῷ | ἐνεπίστε[υσ]α), having taken an oath that nobody should be in danger of being annoyed on our behalf" suggests that Plutammon was a Christian.
On the question of whether Abinnaeus, commander of the cavalry (praefectus alae) in Dionysias, was a Christian and for his relationship with monks and clergy, see Bell et al. 1962: 32-33, Barnes 1985: 373-374, Choat 2006: passim, Luijendijk 2008: 35, n. 42, Kaiser 2015: 383, Choat 2017: 47.
Recto: text written along fibres; much rubbed, and parts of the right-hand side are lost. Verso: address, written along the fibres (turned 90°). Verso reused for a list of names with amounts of money.
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According to Gallazzi (2015: 177-178), all of the dated texts of Abinnaeus archive are dated between 343 and 351, that is, in the period in which Abinnaeus exercised his functions of praepositus of the castra (342-351).
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While it was previously thought that Fl. Abinnaeus' archive was found in Philadelpheia where he went to live after his retirement, Gallazzi 2015 argued that Fl. Abinnaeus should have left his papers in his office (or in his lodgings), in Dionysias, when he left the army and handed over the command of the castra to others. The material would have been recovered in Qaṣr Qārūn, at the end of the nineteenth century, by antiquities seekers or sebâkh quarrymen and given to merchants of Medînet el-Fayûm, where they would have been intermingled with the documents recovered at Kharabet el-Gerza (Philadelphia), before reaching European collections.
Geneva, Bibliothèque, P.Gen. inv. 26.