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Mortgage Marker (frag.) for a Loan by Contributors with Pythodoros (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 41 (no. H89) = SEG 34 (1984), no. 160 = PHI 232565 = AGRW ID# 22709
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1529


Horos block of limestone found reused in a house on the southwest side of the Areopagus (58 x 71 x 33 cm; inv. I 7209). 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.

Marker (horos) of a house sold on condition of release for a loan of . . . 300 (or more) drachmas to the contributors (eranistai) who are with Pythodoros from Athmonon subdivision . . . (remainder unintelligible).

Translation by: Harland

ὅρος οἰκί|[α]ς πεπραμ|ένης ἐπὶ λύσ|ει ․ΗΗΗ․․ ἐρανιστ|αῖς τοῖ̣ς με̣τὰ Πυθο|δώ̣ρο̣υ̣ [Ἀθμ]ονέω̣ς ΑΝΟ̣ | Π̣Ο̣Α․Α̣․Σ․․․․․Δ̣Α̣ΘΕΙ

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