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RECEIPT FOR PART OF A WATER-WHEEL

Greek text:   POxy 1900
Date:   A.D. 528.

In the 2nd year of the consulship of our master Flavius Justinianus the eternal Augustus, Phaophi 27, 7th indiction, at Oxyrhynchus. To the holy principal church of God under our most holy and pious father Abbot Peter, bishop of this illustrious city of Oxyrhynchus, through you the most discreet Phib, presbyter and principal steward, Aurelius Pseeis son of Phoebammon and Thecla, of the hamlet of Colotes, a holding of the said principal church in the Oxyrhynchite nome, enrolled as cultivator, greeting. There being need just now of one axle for the church's machine under my charge, which is called 'In the Rustics' and draws water for vine-land and arable land, I went up to the city and asked your piety to order the said axle to be supplied to me; and straightway your piety, taking thought for the state of the church's property, supplied this to me through the most discreet monk Luke, a new, serviceable one, suitable for irrigation and satisfactory; and I have received it in completion of all the mechanical implements on this 27th day of Phaophi of the current 205th, which is the 174th year, in the present seventh indiction for the irrigation of the crops of the eighth indiction, and in declaration of the receipt I have made this deed, which is valid and which is written in one copy only, and in answer to the formal question I have given my assent.

{Signed}   I, Aurelius Pseeis son of Phoebammon, the above-mentioned, have made the deed after receiving the said axle, and I agree to all that is written therein, as aforesaid. I, Aurelius Philoxenus son of the late . . . have written for him, as he is illiterate

{Subscribed}   Executed by me, Philoxenus . . .

{Endorsed}   Deed of Pseeis son of Phoebammon, of the hamlet of Colotes, concerning receipt of one axle.

papyrus 81


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