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Estate accounts: AD 566

This monster piece was discovered in the collection still rolled up, and was unrolled in 1981. It preserves the accounts of a steward on an estate of the immensely wealthy Apion family. Sums are given in gold, totalling perhaps £50,000 in modern terms. Even larger sums are mentioned in another similar account on the back (not shown), published as LV 3805.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol.LV no.3804