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Select Papyri, 2.348


CONTRACT FOR PUBLIC WORKS

Original text: PPetr iii.43
Date: About 245 B.C.

In the 2nd year of the reign of Ptolemy son of Ptolemy and Arsinoe, gods Adelphi, the priest of Alexander and the gods Adelphi being Tlepolemus son of Artapates, the canephorus of Arsinoe Philadelphus being Ptolemais daughter of Thyion, on the . . . of the month . . ., at Crocodilopolis in the Arsinoite nome. A contract was given out from the Treasury after public auction through Hermaphilus the oeconomus in the presence of Theodorus the engineer and of Lon . . . the agent of Petosiris the royal scribe for the following work : to take down the two bridges at Ker . . . and lay fascines against the underlying parts and make the opening at the top 8 cubits in width, and to lay fascines along the . . . for a distance of 35 schoenia from the bend ; to take down the two bridges at . . . and replace the fascines against the underlying parts and make the opening at the top 14 cubits in width ; to take down the bridge at Hiera Nesus and replace the fascines against the underlying parts and make the opening at the top 8 cubits in width, and to fascine the 5 schoenia eaten away by the water ; to take down the fascine work at Hiera Nesus and replace it in the weakest parts for a distance of 15 schoenia ; to take down the bridge at Thmoinete etc. and replace the fascines and make the opening at the top 14 cubits in width ; to take down the bridge at Phnebgis and the one leading to Chanaanais and replace the fascines and make the opening at the top 8 cubits in width ; to treat the bridge at Boukoton in the same way ; to take down the bridge at Phylacitice Nesus and replace the fascines against the underlying banks ; to treat in the same way the bridge over the watercourse running to the farmstead of Pterophorion ; to treat in the same way the three angles of the canal leading to Lysimachis ; to treat in the same way the bridge by the farmstead of Calliphanes ; to treat in the same way the bridge over the watercourse, . . . the cross embankment, the one leading to Tebetnois ; to treat in the same way the bridge leading to Camini ; to treat in the same way the bridge at Cynopolis, and to drive in strong stakes to a depth of 1 cubit below the foundation at a distance of . . . cubits from each other, and entwining them with ropes (the contractor) shall fascine all the works with anouchi ... 2 cubits high and to make the openings at the top of all the outlets 8 cubits wide. On furnishing substantial sureties to the oeconomus he shall receive half of the fee for the contract, and when he has done work up to the value of the money given he shall receive the remainder. . . . There shall be supplied from government stores a sufficient number of mattocks, of which the price shall not be added to the account and which he shall return on completion of the work weighing their original weight, and . . ., which he shall transport for himself. If he fails to perform the work or to act in accordance with the stated terms, the official in charge of these matters shall be empowered to put up the work to auction again and to hire labour from day to day ; and whatever additional sum it costs when resold or whatever is spent in hiring labour from day to day, this the contractor shall straightway forfeit together with the money which he has already received, increased by one half, and the damages, and concerning himself the king shall g ive judgement. {Subscribed} Horus, nomarch, undertook the contract.


papyrus 349


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