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Select Papyri, 2.362


CONTRACT CONCERNING A PUBLIC SERVICE

Greek text:  POxy 1627
Date:   A.D. 342.

In the consulship of our masters the Augusti, Constantius for the 3rd time and Constans for the 2nd, Mesore 19. Aurelius Apphous son of Pathermouthius, of the illustrious and most illustrious city of Oxyrhynchus,to Aurelius Diogenes son of Sarapion, delegate of appointments in the said city for the tribe now undertaking public services, greeting. Whereas in the coming year an eight months' term of public service is allotted to me and my son Thonius, and we requested you to nominate us to a very light duty, namely the guarding of the temple of Thoeris, owing to our moderate means, and you gave us a guarantee accordingly, we for our part acknowledge ourselves bound, as an equivalent return and act of gratitude, to complete a whole year's service in the post of chief guard of the said temple of Thoeris in place of the eight months. And for your security I have issued to you this agreement, which shall be valid, and in answer to the formal question I have given my consent.

{Signed}   I, Aurelius Apphous son of Pathermouthius, agree to all that is stated above, and in answer to the formal question I have given my consent. I, Aurelius Rufion son of Apollonius . . . have written for him, as he is illiterate

{Subscribed}   Written by me, Diogenes.


papyrus 363


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