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Mortgage Marker (frag.) for a Loan by Contributors with Blepaios (ca. 400-250 BCE) Athens - Attica

Athens (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), ca. 400-250 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 42-43 (no. H94) = PHI 232570 = AGRW ID# 22711
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1530


Horos slab of marble broken in two pieces found built into the wall of a modern house northwest of the Areopagus (inv. I 5881). 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.

(hand 1) Marker (horos) . . . of a property and house (?) . . . sold on condition of release . . . for a loan of x (21 or more) drachmas (?) . . . to Name from Bate subdivision (hand 2) and for a loan of 1300 drachmas to the contributors (eranistai) who are with Blepaios.

Translation by: Harland

{hand 1} [ὅρ]ος [χωρίου] | [καὶ οἰ]κ[ο]πέδο[υ] | [πε]πραμένων̣ | [ἐπ]ὶ λύσει [— — —] || Δ̣Δ̣Ι | κ τ̣ | ι̣ος Βα̣τῆθ̣εν vac.
{hand 2, line 4} ΧΗΗΗ || [ἐ]ρανισ{σ}ταῖς {ἐρανισταῖς} τ̣[ο]|[ῖ]ς̣ μ̣[ε]τ̣ὰ Β̣λ̣επα̣ίο̣[υ]

Item added: February 16, 2016
Item modified: January 22, 2020
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