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REPUDIATION OF A MARRIAGE

Greek text:   POxy 129
Date:   6th cent. A.D.

. . . 11th indiction. I, John, father of Euphemia my unemancipated daughter, transmit this present deed of repudiation and divorce to you, Phoebammon, my most honourable son-in-law, through Anastasius the most illustrious defensor of this city of Oxyrhynchus, couched as follows. Forasmuch as it has come to my ears that you are giving yourself over to lawless deeds, which are pleasing neither to God nor man and are not fit to be put into writing, I have thought it well that the marriage between you and her, my daughter Euphemia, should be dissolved, because, as already said, I have heard that you are giving yourself over to these same lawless deeds and I wish my daughter to lead a peaceful and quiet life. I therefore have sent you the present repudiation of the marriage between you and her, my daughter Euphemia, through the aforesaid most illustrious defensor with my own signature, and I have taken a copy of this document, written by the hand of the same most illustrious defensor. Wherefore for the security of my said daughter Euphemia I have sent you the present deed of repudiation and dissolution written on Epeiph 11, 11th indiction.

{Signed}   I, John, the aforesaid, father of Euphemia my daughter, have sent the present deed of repudiation and dissolution to you, Phoebammon, my most honourable son-in-law, as stated above.

papyrus 10


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