Dating the oldest new testament manuscripts by peter van minnen
Other Dioscorian papyri, obtained by antiquities dealers through sales and clandestine excavations, The village of Kom Ashkaw is in Middle Egypt, south of Cairo and north of Luxor.It was originally an Egyptian city, but after Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 B.
Dioscorus may have spent three years in the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Not only was Agathias now writing there, but also Paul the Silentiary and Romanus the Melodist.
Much of his poetry was composed during his stay in Antinoopolis or after he had returned to Aphrodito.
Dioscorus might have recited his poems and circulated them locally, but there is no evidence that they were ever published during his lifetime.
Aphrodito was not under the jurisdiction of the pagarch, stationed in Antaeopolis, who handled the public taxes for the rest of the nome.
Dioscorus's petition and explanation to the imperial palace described the pagarch's violations of their special tax status, including theft of the collected tax money.