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FROM A PENITENT SON

Original text: BGU 846
Date: 2nd cent. A.D.

Antonius Longus to Nilous his mother very many greetings. I pray always for your health; every day I make supplication for you before the lord Serapis. I would have you know that I did not expect that you were going up to the metropolis; for that reason I did not come to the city myself. I was ashamed to come to Karanis, because I go about in filth. I wrote to you that I am naked. I beg you, mother, be reconciled to me. Well, I know what I have brought on myself. I have received a fitting lesson. I know that I have sinned. I heard from . . . who found you in the Arsinoite nome, and he has told you everything correctly. Do you not know that I would rather be maimed than feel that I still owe a man an obol? . . . {Addressed} To Nilous his mother from Antonius Longus her son.

papyrus 121


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