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REPORT OF AN ACCIDENT

Original text:  POxy 475
Date: A.D. 182.

Hierax, strategos of the Oxyrhynchite nome, to Claudius Serenus, assistant. A copy of the application which has been presented to me by Leonidas also called Serenus is herewith sent to you, in order that you may take a public physician and inspect the dead body referred to and after delivering it over for burial make with him a report in writing. Signed by me. The 23rd year of Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Caesar the lord, Hathur 7.

To Hierax, strategos, from Leonidas also called Serenus, styled as having Tauris for mother, of Senepta. At a late hour of yesterday the sixth, while a festival was taking place at Senepta and castanet-dancers were giving the customary performance at the house of Plution my son-in-law . . ., his slave Epaphroditus, aged about 8 years, wishing to lean out from the house-top of the said house and see the castanet-dancers, fell and was killed. I therefore present this application and request you, if it please you, to appoint one of your assistants to come to Senepta, in order that the body of Epaphroditus may receive the necessary laying out and burial. The 23rd year of the Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus Armeniacus Medicus Parthicus Sarmaticus Germanicus Maximus, Hathur 7. Presented by me, Leonidas also called Serenas.


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