|Size:||40 cm high|
35 cm wide
|Date:||August/September 310 B.C.E.|
|Place of discovery:||Elephantine, Egypt|
|Date of discovery:||February 12, 1906|
|Excavation Director:||Otto Rubensohn|
|Present location:||Staatliche Museen,|
|Identification numbers:||P. Eleph. 1|
P. Berlin 13500
(Hunt & Edgar 1932:2,4)
(Adapted from Hunt & Edgar 1932:3,5
and Porten 1996:408-10)
Alexandrou tou Alexandrou basileuontoV etei ebdomwi Ptolemaiou satrapeuontoV etei tesareskaidekatwi mhnoV Diou.
The words in parentheses are supplied by the editors.
In the seventh year of the reign of Alexander the son of Alexander, in the fourteenth year of the satrapship of Ptolemy, in the month of Dios.
2. Was this a relatively large or small dowry?
3. What protections did Demetria have in the contract?
4. What functions would the signatures of witness have on such a document?
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