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DRAFT OF A PETITION TO THE PRAEFECT

Greek text:   PGraux 2   ( SB 4.7462 )
Date:   A.D. 55-59.

To Tiberius Claudius Balbillus from Nemesion, collector of poll-tax for Philadelphia, and Charidemus, collector of poll-tax for Bacchias, and Sambas, collector of poll-tax for the hamlet of Nestus, and Panephremmis, collector for Socnopaei Nesus, and Ischyrion, collector of poll-tax for Philopator, and Ptolemaeus, collector of poll-tax for Hiera Nesus, all six collectors for the aforesaid villages in the division of Heracleides in the Arsinoite nome. The once numerous inhabitants of the aforesaid villages have now been reduced to a few, because some have fled for lack of means and others have died without leaving heirs-at-law, and for this reason we are in danger owing to impoverishment of having to abandon the collectorship ; wherefore resorting to you [in order not to have to abandon it] we request you, who are the saviour and benefactor of all, to write, if it please you, to Asinianus the strategos of the nome to keep us free from molestation and await your decision at the assize of the nome up here, in order that we may enjoy your beneficence. Farewell.

papyrus 282


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