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PETITION OF A LENTIL-COOK

Original text: PSI 402
Date: Middle of 3rd cent. B.C.

To Philiscus greeting from Harentotes, lentil-cook of Philadelphia. I give the product of 35 artabae a month and I do my best to pay the tax every month in order that you may have no complaint against me. Now the folk in the town are roasting pumpkins. For that reason then nobody buys lentils from me at the present time. I beg and beseech you then, if you think fit, to be allowed more time, just as has been done in Crocodilopolis, for paying the tax to the king. For in the morning they straightway sit down beside the lentils selling their pumpkins and give me no chance to sell my lentils.


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