imperial year is not used in the beer receipts from Karanis, and the date, consisting of the month and the day or of the day alone, takes the initial position, as in a hitherto unpublished ostracon of the early first century A.D.


Even more pertinent than these to the problem of No. 155 is an ostracon of the second century A.D. from Kerkethoëris.3

0. Tebt., 4

3. Probably the modern Khamsin, near Tebtunis, on the southern edge of the Fayum. According to Grenfell and Hunt, P. Tebt., II, pp. 354, 383, this identification is "doubtful," but "likely to be approximately correct. " 4. Wilcken, Bonner Jahrbiücher, LXXXVI, 1888, pp. 236 f. For early forms of the symbol see V. Gardthausen, Griech. Palaeographie, II, 2nd ed., Leipzig, 1913, P. 342; for later forms, Viereck, Archiv f. Papyrusforschung, 1, 19ox, plate opp. P. 450. A list with references is given by Bilabel, Pauly-Wissowa, R.-E., 2te Reihe, II, art. "Siglae," 2305 f. Roman     forms are reproduced in 0. Mich., I, Index XI; the Byzantine form is described by Wilcken, loc. cit. and in P. Mich., VI, p. 52. 5. See plate. For the horizontal stroke flanked by dots see BGU, 111, 743, 6; 0. Mich., 1, 415, 7, n. The symbol for receives a similar addition in 0. Mich., 1, 90, 2. 6. Cf. abbreviations listed by Bilabel, Op. Cit., 2302. 0. Mich., 1, 169 has the angular followed by an oblique stroke for which should replace the editor's


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