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PREPARATIONS FOR A ROMAN VISITOR

Greek text:  PTeb 33
Date:   112 B.C.

Hermias to Horus greeting. Below is a copy of the letter to Asclepiades. Take care then that its instructions are followed. Goodbye. Year 5, Xandicus 17, Mecheir 17.

To Asclepiades. Lucius Memmius, a Roman senator, who occupies a position of great dignity and honour, is sailing up from Alexandria to the Arsinoite nome to see the sights. Let him be received with special magnificence, and take care that at the proper spots the guest-chambers be prepared and the landing-places to them be completed, and that the gifts mentioned below be presented to him at the landing-place, and that the furniture of the guest-chamber, the titbits for Petesouchus and the crocodiles, the conveniences for viewing the Labyrinth, and the offerings and sacrifices be provided ; in general take the greatest pains in everything to see that the visitor is satisfied, and display the utmost zeal . . .


papyrus 417


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