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[280] Decree of a Synod Devoted to the Emperor (5 BCE) Alexandria - Delta region

Alexandria (Delta region, Egypt — Pleiades map), 5 BCE (August 21)
AGRW 280 = GRA III 169 = SB XXII 15460 = TM 79042 = AGRW ID# 220
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1411


Papyrus (38 x 15 cm) now in the Staatliche Museen in Berlin (P. Berol. inv. 25159). This is the same association as that in AGRW 281 (BGU IV 1137).

In the 25th year of Caesar, on the 28th day of the month of Mesore, at the assembly (synagogē) which met in the house of the synod (synodos) of the principal followers (archakolothoi) of emperor Augustus Caesar, the son of god Zeus Eleutherios (“Deliverer”), whose synagogue-leader (synagōgos) is Primos and whose president is Ioukoundos . . . and during his tenure he showed himself not to have neglected anything in relation to the synod. Likewise also for the current year . . . and at all times during the tenure of his office he conducted himself with enthusiasm and . . .

For good fortune! By common consent it was agreed to honor him with the life-time title “beloved by all” (pamphilos) and at the banquet that occurs in . . . to honor him with a distinguished crown so that the new . . . might know. . . and to know what kind . . . It is not permitted for anyone to imagine the reversal of the matters that have been decided but, if this should happen, the one who proposes that this arrangement is not acceptable shall be fined five hundred silver drachmas. This memo, written in duplicate, is valid.

Translation by: Kloppenborg

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