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APPRENTICESHIP TO A WEAVER

Greek text:   POxy 275
Date:   A.D. 66.

Tryphon son of Dionysius son of Tryphon and of Thamounis daughter of Onnophris, and Ptolemaeus son of Pausirion son of Ptolemaeus and of Ophelous daughter of Theon, weaver, both being inhabitants of Oxyrhynchus, mutually acknowledge that Tryphon has apprenticed to Ptolemaeus his son Thoonis, whose mother is Saraeus daughter of Apion, and who is not yet of age, for a period of one year from the present day, to serve and to follow all the instructions given to him by Ptolemaeus in the art of weaving as far as he himself knows it, the boy to be fed and clothed for the whole period by his father Tryphon, who will also be responsible for all the taxes on him, on the condition that Ptolemaeus will pay to him monthly on account of food 5 drachmas and at the close of the whole period on account of clothing 12 drachmas, nor shall Tryphon have the right to remove the boy from Ptolemaeus until the completion of the period, and for whatever days therein the boy plays truant, he shall send him to work for the like number at the end of it or else forfeit one drachma of silver for each day, and for removing him within the period he shall pay a penalty of 100 drachmas and the like sum to the Treasury. If Ptolemaeus fails to instruct the boy fully, he shall be liable to the same penalties. This contract of apprenticeship is valid. The 18th year of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Imperator, the 21st of the month Sebastus.

{Signed}   I, Ptolemaeus son of Pausirion son of Ptolemaeus and of Ophelous daughter of Theon, will do everything in the one year. I, Zoilus son of Horus son of Zoilus and of Dieus daughter of Sokeus have written for him, as he is illiterate. The 13th year of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Imperator, Sebastus 21.

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