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Mortgage Marker (frag.) for a Loan by Contributors (ca. 309/308 BCE) Athens - Attica

Athens (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 309/308 BCE
G.V. Lalonde, "Horoi," in Inscriptions. Horoi, Poletai, Leases of Public Lands , G.V. Lalonde, M.K. Langdon and M.B. Walbank eds. (The Athenian Agora, 19. Princeton, 1991), 1-51, at 40 (no. H84) = Thomsen 2015, 154 = PHI 232560 = AGRW ID# 22713
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1528


Horos slab of pentelic marble found in a cistern near the church of Dionysios the Areopagite (13 x 19.2 x 4 cm; inv. I 1978). On "contributors" (eranistai) as ongoing associations rather than merely ad hoc loaning groups, see the recent study by Thomsen 2015. The phrase "sold on condition of release" (πεπραμένων ἐπὶ λυσει) denotes not an actual sale, but the offering of securities for a loan with an expectation that the pledged securities would be "released" upon repayment of the loan.

When Demetrios was civic leader (archōn), marker (horos) of a house sold on condition of release for a loan of 700 drachmas to the contributors (eranistai).

Translation by: Harland

[ἐπὶ Δη]μητρίου ἄρχον|[τος ὅρ]ος οἰκίας πεπραμ|[ένης] ἐπὶ λύσει ⋮ 𐅅ΗΗ | [ἐρα]ν̣ισταῖς vac.

Item added: February 16, 2016
Item modified: February 5, 2020
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