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Greek text: POxy 2131
Date:   A.D. 207.

The 15th year of the Emperors and Caesars Lucius Septimius Severus Pius Pertinax Arabicus Adiabenicus Parthicus Maximus and Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Pius, Augusti, and Publius Septimius Geta Caesar Augustus, Phamenoth 29. Totoes, styled as having Senpetsiris as his mother, of the city of Oxyrhynchus, has testified through the witnesses below written that he has extracted and collated from the roll of conjoined petitions presented to his highness the praefect Subatianus Aquila and displayed at Antinoe in the temple of Antinous, including the petition below written, together with the subscription beneath it, as follows: No. 1009. To Subatianus Aquila, praefect of Egypt, from Totoes, styled as having Senpetsiris as his mother, of the city of Oxyrhynchus. Since your ingrained justice, my lord praefect, is extended to all men, I too, having been wronged, have recourse to you, begging for redress. The matter is on this wise. I happen to be registered in the metropolis in the Camp quarter and am always styled by the name given above, in accordance with which I was designated some time ago to the duty of guard, which I discharged blamelessly, and I have besides paid my annual personal dues, living a quiet cultivator's life. I have been improperly designated by Heraclammon, the present district-scribe of the first tribe, for the post of public donkey-driver in the said city, a most onerous service, under another name, Sbichis son of Harmiusis and Taseus, and have had booked to me by him property to the value of 1200 drachmas which I do not possess; wherefore, my lord, as I have been compelled to take up this post of donkey-driver although I am entirely without means and am not at all subject to the present district-scribe, our quarter on the contrary having presently to serve in accordance with the lot drawn for the districts by his excellency the epistrategos Geminius Modestus, and have been lawlessly and recklessly designated by Heraclammon, I beg you, if it seem good to your most benign fortune, to hear me against him, for it appertains to your power to punish unjust and lawless deeds of daring, in order that I may obtain my rights and be able subsequently in the year allotted to me to take up the service with which I may be entrusted. Farewell

{Subscribed}   Year 15, . . . Without prejudice to anything, his excellency the epistrategos shall discover what [rights underlie] this petition. To be displayed.

{Signed}   I, . . ., have sealed. I, . . ., have sealed. I, Gaius Julius Sarapion, have sealed. I, . . . Heracleides, have sealed. I, Aias Vulpius Theon, have sealed. I, Lucius Volusius Domitius Salvianus, have sealed.

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