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DEED OF ADOPTION

Original text: POxy 1206
Date: A.D. 335.

In the consulship of Julius Constantius, patrician, brother of our master Constantinus Augustus, and Rufius Albinus,the most illustrious. Aurelius Heracles son of Harasis, whose home is in the illustrious and most illustrious city of Oxyrhynchus, and his wife Aurelia Isarion daughter of Agathon, of the said city, and Aurelius Horion son of Horion, of the said city, mutual greetings. We acknowledge, Heracles and his wife Isarion on the one side, that we have given away to you, Horion, for adoption our son Patermouthis, aged about two years, and I, Horion, on the other side, that I have taken him as my true son so as to establish for him the rights of succession to my estate, and it shall not be lawful for me to disavow him or reduce him to slavery, because he is well-born and of well-born and free parents, and likewise it shall not be lawful for us, Heracles and his wife Isarion, to remove the boy from you, Horion, because we have once for all given him away to you for adoption, nor shall it hereafter be lawful for anyone to transgress the terms of the deed, because on these we have consented and agreed. This deed of adoption, written in duplicate so that each party may have a copy, is valid, and on being formally questioned by each other we have given our consent. In the consulship aforesaid, Pharmouthi ... {Signed} I, Aurelius Horion, have received the boy for adoption, and I will register him with my household as my true son so as to establish for him the rights of succession to my estate as aforesaid, and in answer to the formal question I have given my consent. I, Aurelius . . ., have written for him, as he is illiterate.

papyrus 11


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