Kellis Agricultural Account Book

Kellis Agricultural Account Book

Hardback Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph

Edited by Roger S. Bagnall


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  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • Format: Hardback | 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 297mm x 25mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1900188406
  • ISBN 13: 9781900188401
  • Illustrations note: figs, 20 plates

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The report from Kellis by the Dakhleh Oasis team documents a collection of wooden tablets found alongside the Isocrates codex. The tablets contain the most extensive and well-preserved set of accounts for an agricultural entity to survive from the 4th century AD. The accounts probably date from the 360s and document the daily life of an agricultural estate over a period of five years. Information on crops, measures, prices and valuation, tenants and religious institutions can be gleaned from the account book which is here transcribed in full, with a facing-page translation and line-by-line commentary on the text. There is also discussion of the significance of the accounts and the context in which the tablets were found.

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The Kellis Agricultural Account Book (KAB) is one of the more spectacular discoveries resulting from the work of the Dakleh Oasis Project ...' 'The publication of the KAB adds significantly to our knowledge of estate management in Roman Egypt and its value will increase as continuing survey and excavation in the Dakleh Oasis provide ever more archaeological information about its environmental and human context.'--Michael Sharp "The Classical Review, 2000 "