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Select Papyri, 2.211


TWO EDICTS OF GERMANICUS.


Date: A.D. 19.

Proclamation of Germanicus Caesar, son of Augustus and grandson of the deified Augustus, proconsul. [Being informed that in view of my visit] requisitions of boats and animals are being made and that quarters for lodging are being occupied by force and private persons intimidated, I have thought it necessary to declare that I wish neither boat nor beast of burden to be seized by anyone except on the order of Baebius my friend and secretary, nor quarters to be occupied. For if it be necessary, Baebius himself will allot the quarters fairly and justly ; and for boats or animals which we requisition I command that hire be paid in accordance with my schedule. Those who disobey I desire to be brought before my secretary, who will either himself prevent private persons from being wronged or will report the case to me. And I forbid beasts of burden to be forcibly appropriated by those who meet them traversing the city ; for this is nothing but an act of open robbery.

Proclamation of Germanicus Caesar, son of Augustus and grandson of the deified Augustus, proconsul. Your goodwill, which you display on all occasions when you see me, I welcome, but your acclamations, which for me are invidious and such as are addressed to gods, I altogether deprecate. For they are appropriate only to him who is actually the saviour and benefactor of the whole human race, my father, and to his mother, my grandmother. But our position is . . . their divinity, so that unless you comply with my request, you will compel me to appear in public but seldom.


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