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PETITION OF A VETERAN FOR A TERM OF EXEMPTION FROM COMPULSORY OFFICES

Greek text:  BGU 180
Date:   A.D. 172.

. . . from Gaius Julius Apollinarius, veteran owning land in the village of Karanis. It has been decreed, my lord, that after their discharge veterans should have a five-year period of repose. In spite of this regulation I was molested two years after my discharge and arbitrarily nominated for a public duty, and from then till now I have been on duty without a break. Such a prolonged burden being universally forbidden in the case of natives, much more ought the rule to be observed in the case of myself who have served such a long time in the army. Wherefore I have been compelled to have recourse to you with a righteous request, and I ask you to secure for me an equivalent period of repose in accordance with the decree on this subject, in order that I may be able to attend to my own property, being an elderly and lonely man, and may be grateful to your fortune for ever. Farewell.

{Signed}   Presented by me, Gaius Julius Apollinarius.

{Dated}   Year 12, Mecheir 29

{Subscribed}   Submit your case to the strategos, and he will do what is within his competence. (Order to the clerk) Deliver.

papyrus 286


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