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CIRCULAR FIXING THE PRICE OF MYRRH

Greek text:  PTeb 35
Date:   111 B.C.

Apollonius to the epistatae in the division of Polemon and to the other officials greeting. For the myrrh distributed in the villages no one shall exact more than 10 drachmas of silver for a mina-weight, or in copper 3 talents 2000 drachmas with a charge of 200 drachmas on the talent for carriage ; which sum shall be paid not later than the 3rd of Pharmouthi to the collector sent for the purpose. Let the subjoined notice be posted up with the concurrence of the village secretary, who shall sign his name below the order along with you. Whoever contravenes these instructions will render himself liable to accusation. We have therefore also sent the swordbearers. Goodbye. Year 6, Pharmouthi 2.

Purchasers of myrrh from the epistatae in the several villages and from the other officials shall not pay more than 40 drachmas of silver for the mina-weight, or in copper 3 talents 2000 drachmas with a charge of 200 drachmas on the talent for carriage, and whoever contravenes these instructions shall render himself liable to accusation.

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