ἐπ᾽ ἀμφόδου Ἑρμαίου
In the quarter of Hermaion
Papontos son of Petosiris
The ultimate question concerning this little papyrus is: for what purpose was it created? Who used it? In what context was it used? There is nothing else exactly like it, which makes any interpretation open for debate. Obviously, Papontos is somehow connected with the quarter of Hermaion. But why this information is given on this papyrus is open to question.
So, why do you think this papyrus was created? I will leave you in suspense for a little while and come back later with my thoughts. My edition of this interesting papyrus slip has been accepted and is forthcoming in the next issue of the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists. While we probably cannot know precisely the purpose of this papyrus, I think I have a pretty good idea!