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Greek text:   POxy 1705
Date:   A.D. 298.

Valerius Petermouthis, soldier, acting through me, Aurelius Sarapion son of Sarapion, of the illustrious and most illustrious city of Oxyrhynchus, victor in youth at the sacred games, to Aurelia Eudaemonis also called Apollonia, matrona stolata, greeting. I acknowledge that I have sold to you herewith the loom for Tarsian weaving which I bought myself from Aurelius Sarapammon son of Thonis, of Oxyrhynchus, in the current year on Mecheir 8, ten cubits long and six cubits broad, with all the fittings found in the place where it is kept whatever they amount to, at the price agreed upon between us of 2 talents and 1000 drachmas of Imperial silver coin, which I have herewith received from you in full by hand and of which I have formally acknowledged the payment; and this loom with its fittings you shall forthwith carry away from where it is kept and transfer it whither you wish without hindrance, and you with your descendants and successors shall possess and own it and have the right to use it or hire it out or sell it as you choose, and I will deliver it to you guaranteed for all time against all claims by every guarantee, and anyone who proceeds against you I will straightway repel at my own expense, as if on the strength of a legal decision. This deed of sale, made in a single copy, is valid, and in answer to the formal question I have given my assent. The 14th year and 12th year of our lords Diocletianus and Maximianus Augusti and the 6th year of our lords Constantius and Maximianus the most noble Caesars, Epeiph 12, in the consulship of Annicius Faustus and Virius Gallus.

{Signed}   I, Valerius Pathermouthis, acting through me, Sarapion, have sold the loom and all the fittings and have received the full price of 2 talents and 1000 drachmas of silver, and I will guarantee it as aforesaid, and in answer to the formal question I have given my assent.

papyrus 37

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