Select Papyri, 1.56


Greek text:   BGU 405
Date:   A.D. 348.

In the consulship of Flavius Philippus the most illustrious praefect of the sacred praetorium and Flavius Salias the most illustrious master of the horse, Phamenoth 10. Aurelia Valeria daughter of Alypius to Aurelia Nemesilla her sister born of the same mother, of the village of Philadelphia in the Arsinoite nome, greeting. Whereas we were allotted a stone for crushing corn and an instrument for grinding corn from our father's estate, and I singly have taken the stone and sold it for the portion falling to me, I accordingly acknowledge that I have no share in the aforesaid instrument for grinding corn but am estranged and alienated from it, and no one shall take proceedings against you concerning it, neither I, Valeria, nor my children nor heirs nor any other person ; and I have issued to you this my bond for assurance. This acknowledgement is valid, and in answer to the formal question I have given my assent.

{Signed}   I, Aurelia Valeria the aforesaid, have issued the assurance that I have no share in the instrument and I agree to the terms of the deed as above. I, Aurelius Sarapion son of Julianus, of Alexandria, dwelling in the said village, have written for her, as she is illiterate.

papyrus 57

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