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DEED OF SURETY FOR A SERF

Original text: POxy 135
Date: A.D. 579.

In the 4th year a of the reign of our most godlike and pious master and greatest benefactor Flavius Tiberius Constantinus the eternal Augustus and Imperator, Phamenoth 25, 12th indiction. To the most magnificent heirs of Apion of glorious memory, patrician, landowners in this illustrious city of Oxyrhynchus, through their servant Menas who is acting on their behalf and assuming for his masters, the said all-honoured persons, the rights and obligations of the agreement, from Aurelius Pamouthius, lead-worker, son of George and Anniana, of the city of Oxyrhynchus. I acknowledge of my free will, swearing the divine and imperial oath, that I accept from your magnificence, through your representatives, the charge of and responsibility for Aurelius Abraham son of Herminus and Herais, who comes from the state of Great Tarouthinas belonging to your magnificence in the Oxyrhynchite nome and is enrolled as your farmer, engaging that he shall uninterruptedly remain and abide on his proper estate along with his family and wife and animals and all his household gear, I being answerable for all that regards his person or his status as your bondsman, and that he shall in no wise leave the said estate or remove to another place; and if he is required of me by your magnificence through your representatives at any date and for any reason whatsoever, I will bring and deliver him in a public place debarred from every sanctuary and subterfuge, even where I received him, in the guard-room of your said honourable house. If I fail to do this, I agree to pay down for his desertion and my failure to deliver him 8 gold solidi, to be really and truly exacted. This deed of surety, made in a single copy, is valid, and in answer to the formal question I have given my assent. {Subscribed} Executed by me, Anastasius. {Endorsed} Deed of surety of Pamouthius, lead-worker, son of George, of Oxyrhynchus, accepting responsibility for Abraham son of Herminus of the estate of Tarouthinas.

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