By Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff

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There is no contradiction between the data of t h e inscriptions and papyri and those of Flavius Josephus. Palestine in the story is treated in the same way a s Telmessus was treated by Euergetes I; the only difference is t h a t for the Cwpcd of Palestine the holder paid a tribute which equalled the revenues o f the province formerly paid by the official representatives of the land. ROSTOVTZEFF-A LARGE ESTATE I N EGYPT 47 doubt about the position occupied b y Zenon in Philadelphia: he is the manager for Apollonius of the estate given to Apollonius by the King.

F . Luckhard, Das Privethaus i n ptolemaischen und romischen Aegypten, (Giessen, 1914); Schubart, Einfuhrung, pp. 437, 445. VII. THE ESTATE OF APOLLONIUS AT PHILADELPHIA A ,-lerus of 10,000 arurae and the supervision of the territory of one or more villages around this clerus was a complicated business, especially in Egypt, where the largest individual tenures of the soldiers did not exceed 100 arurae and the average tenure of a crown farmer was still smaller. I t is not a n easy task therefore to grasp the mechanism of such an enormous machine in all the details, especially since we have only parts of the correspondence of its chief mechanician, the manager of the Gwpeh.

1: oi yewpyoi . . i ~ ~ h p q srijs @rAaGCXpou iK TGVpupiwv hpoupGv). The expressions used in these papyri for describing the estate of Apollonius leave no '' I maintain my belief in the historical kernel of the story of Josephus, the farmer, which was told a t some length and with some details, partly invented and partly borrowed from the Bible, by Flavius Josephus, A. , XII, 4; cf. Cohen, De magislratibus Aegypliis, p. 98 ff. There is no contradiction between the data of t h e inscriptions and papyri and those of Flavius Josephus.

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