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OFFER TO PURCHASE STATE LAND

Greek text:  PLond 1157
Date:   A.D. 246.

To Aurelius Maecius Nemesianus, collector, acting as strategos of the Hermopolite nome, and to Aurelius . . ., senator, ex-exegetes, prytanis in office of Hermopolis the great, ancient, illustrious, and most august city, and Aurelius Herminus, senator, ex-agoranomus of the said city, decemprimi of the toparchy of Upper Patemites, from Aurelius Apollodorus son of Sabinus, beneficiarius of the praefect of Egypt. Below is a copy of the application presented by me to the most eminent catholicus Claudius Marcellus and his excellency the imperial procurator Marcius Salutaris and of the subscribed answer which I received concerning my desire to buy from the state in accordance with their orders, from the unproductive, non-paying land which has been assigned for sale at the fixed price of twenty drachmas the aroura in the circumscription of Alabastrine, from the holdings of Ademas and Apollonius 12 arourai, of which the boundaries are as stated in the application.

To the most eminent catholicus Claudius Marcellus and his excellency the imperial procurator Marcius Salutaris from Aurelius Apollodorus son of Sabinus, beneficiarius of the praefect of Egypt. I wish to buy from the state in accordance with your orders, from the unproductive, non-paying land which has been assigned for sale at the fixed price of twenty drachmas the aroura in the circumscription of Alabastrine in the Hermopolite nome, from the holdings of Ademas and Apollonius 12 arourai, of which the boundaries are : on the south waste land lately grown with vines and formerly an olive-grove, and for some distance at the east end an orchard, on the north at the west end an orchard and private grounds and at the east end private grounds, on the east an old pond and dry land belonging to Isidora daughter of Chaeremon, on the west an old street, or whatever the boundaries may be all round ; and if my offer is ratified, I will pay the money to the government bank in Hermopolis, but if it is not ratified, I shall not be bound by this application. Farewell. Year 3, Pauni 13. Presented by me, Aurelius Apollodorus son of Sabinus.

And the subscription to my application was as follows : The decemprimi of the toparchy in concert with the strategos shall deliver the land to you. Let this application be displayed publicly. Page 33, roll 1, Let the application be displayed publicly in Hermopolis.

Wherefore I request that you deliver the land to me as commanded, the price being paid by me to the local government bank. Farewell. Year 3 of the Emperor Caesar Marcus Julius Philippus Pius Felix and Marcus Julius Philippus the most noble and excellent Caesar, Augusti. Presented by me, Aurelius Apollodorus son of Sabinus.


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