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Bibil Identifier bibil:237914
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Gift of One Eunuch and Four Slave Boys: P.Cair.Zen. I 59076 and Historical Construction
Author Krautbauer, Anna
Author Llewelyn, Stephen
Author Wassell, Blake
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 45, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 305-325 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract P.Cair.Zen. I 59076 is a letter sent by Toubias, the head of an influential Jewish family in the Transjordan, to Apollonios, an important official of the Ptolemaic king. It concerns the dispatch of a eunuch and four boys to him. The article focuses on the role of the eunuch. It critiques the accepted view that he was the boys’ tutor arguing instead that he was of value in his own right as a personal attendant in an elite household. The role of eunuchs more generally is discussed to bolster the argument. If correct, there must have been a perceived demand for such persons in royal and elite households. This in turn has implications for the possible fate of the four boys, who are all prepubescent. Though the papyrus illustrates the means by which the Tobiad family was able to maintain its powerful position in the Ptolemaic territory of Coele-Syria, the article highlights two responsibilities of modern historiography, both to appreciate the great worth of the Zenon archive and to carefully remember the marginalized of antiquity.
DOI 10.1163/15700631-12340058
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Hellenistic Judaism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization : Slave
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Eunuch
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