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Select Papyri, 2.205


FRAGMENT OF AN ORDINANCE CONCERNING SLAVES

Original text: PCol 480
Date: About 198-197 B.C.

From the ordinance concerning slaves.

The farmer of the tax on slaves and the controller shall exact in the case of those whose sales are recorded before the agoranomi, upon the price at which they are recorded to have been made, the following sums in silver : from the vendor, including the one per cent tax formerly collected for the grant to Dicaearchus, 9 drachmae 1/2 obols per mina, and from the purchaser 8 drachmae 1/2 obols, making a total of 17 drachmae 5 obols per mina, and for the city a brokerage fee from the vendor of 4 drachmae 1 obol per head.

If anyone purchases with the stipulation that he shall pay all the taxes, they shall exact 20 drachmae 1 obol per mina, and for the city 4 drachmae 1 obol per head.

If anyone obtains possession through an overbid or a counterbid, he shall pay to the city an additional brokerage fee.

Upon those sold through the collector of foreign debts the purchasers shall pay 19 drachmae per mina, and a one per cent crier's fee of 1 drachma per mina, and to the account of the grant a clerical fee of 1 drachma per head.

Upon those sold in consequence of debts to the Crown the purchasers shall be charged 16 drachmae 5 obols per mina, and a one per cent crier's fee of 1 drachma per mina, and a clerical fee to the account of the grant to Dicaearchus of 1 drachma per head.

Upon debtors who being still freemen mortgage (?) their persons against the debt there shall be exacted from the lender 5 drachmae 1 obol per mina and from the borrower 5 drachmae 1 obol, making 10 drachmae 2 obols on the mina, and a clerical fee of 1 drachma per head.

And if they are sold (?) to meet the debt, there shall be exacted from the purchaser . . . drachmae 5 obols, and a one per cent tax of 1 drachma per mina, and a clerical fee of 1 drachma per head (?).


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