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Select Papyri, 2.239


REPORT OF A PUBLIC MEETING

Original text:  POxy 41
Date: About A.D. 300.

. . . when the assembly had met, (the people cried) "... the Roman power for ever ! lords Augusti ! good fortune O governor, good fortune to the catholicus ! Bravo president, bravo the city's boast, bravo Dioscorus chief of the citizens ! under you our blessings still increase, source of our blessings, . . . loves you and rises, good luck to the patriot ! good luck to the lover of equity ! source of our blessings, founder of the city, . . . bravo . . . let the president receive the vote on this great day, many votes does he deserve, for many are the blessings we enjoy through you, O president ! This petition we make to the catholicus about the president, with good wishes to the catholicus , asking for the city's president, beneficent catholicus , for the city's founder, lords Augusti for ever, this petition to the catholicus about the president, for the honest man's magistrate, the . . . equitable magistrate, the city's magistrate, the city's patron, the city's lover of justice, the city's founder. Good fortune O governor, good fortune O catholicus , beneficent governor, beneficent catholicus ! We beseech you, catholicus , concerning the president ; let the president receive the vote, let him receive the vote on this great day. This is the first and urgent duty." The president said : I welcome, and with much gratification, the honour which you do me, but I beg that such demonstrations be reserved for a legitimate occasion when you can make them with authoritative force and I can accept them with assurance. The people cried: "Many votes does he deserve, the ... to the fore, lords Augusti, all-victorious for the Romans, the Roman power for ever ! Good fortune O governor, protector of honest men, O catholicus ! We ask, catholicus , for the city's president, the city's lover of ju stice, the city's founder ! We beseech you, catholicus , preserve the city for our lords, beneficent catholicus , we beseech you for the city's well-wisher, the city's patriot !" Aristion the counsellor said : "We will lay your request before their excellencies the senate." The people: "We ask, catholicus , for the city's patron, the city's founder, O trusty strategos, O peace of the city ! Bravo Dioscorides, chief of the citizens, bravo Seuthes, chief of the citizens, equitable magistrate, equitable citizen ! True and trusty counsellors, true and trusty strategoi ! Long life to all who love the city ! Long live the lords Augusti !"


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