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CESSION OF LAND

Greek text:   POxy 1636
Date:   A.D. 249.

Aurelius Serenus also called Sarapion, son of Agathinus and Taposirias, of Oxyrhynchus, to Aurelius Panesneus son of Ptollis and An . . ., of the village of Seruphis, greeting. I acknowledge that I have ceded to you from now for all time from my property by right of purchase in the area of the said Seruphis in the holding of . . ., consisting of the 2/3 part of 1 aroura of corn land full of rushes, after deducting the 1/3 part which I sold to the sons of Aurelius Sotion, ex-gymnasiarch of the said city, and to . . son of Stephanus, ex-gymnasiarch of the said city, the remaining 1/3 part formerly owned by Catillianus also called Varus, of all of which the adjacent areas are, on the south . . ., on the north a field, on the east private land of other persons, on the west land of you, to whom the cession is made, and I have received on the spot from you straightway from hand to hand the sum agreed upon between us for the cession of the said 1/3 part, 400 drachmas of Imperial silver coin, and I am bound to deliver the 1/3 aroura to you and your descendants and successors guaranteed from claims made against you in my name or by any other person in my name, you being satisfied with the guarantee of the said 1/3 arura which I received from my above-mentioned predecessor Catillianus also called Varus, which land I am also to deliver to you free from the taxes paid upon it and imposts of all kinds up to the past 6th year {of the Philippi} and including the past 6th year, because the profits of it from the present 1st year onwards belong to you, to whom the cession is made, who are also responsible for the taxes of all kinds from the said 1st year onwards. This deed of cession, written in duplicate, is valid ; and whenever you choose you shall publish it through the bureau without requiring my concurrence, because I hereby agree to the future publication of it by you; and having been asked by you the formal question whether this is done rightly and fairly I have given my consent. The 1st year of the Emperor Caesar Gaius Messius Quintus Decius Trajanus Pius Felix Augustus, Choiak 1.

{Signed}   I, Aurelius Panesneus son of Ptollis, have received the conveyance as stated above, and in answer to the formal question I have given my consent. I, Aurelius Theon also called Asclepiades, surnamed Zoilus, have written for him, as he is illiterate.

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