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Petition (frag.) by Sois Concerning the Rites of a Society (73 CE) Oxyrhynchos - Upper Egypt

Oxyrhynchos (Upper Egypt, Egypt — Pleiades map), 73 CE (September 4)
GRA III 259 = POxy XLIV 3164 = TM 15927 = AGRW ID# 20934
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1435


Papyrus at Oxford (Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms P. Oxy. 3164).

(missing lines) . . . to lead . . . (two or three missing words). . . the society (thiasos) and . . . (two or three missing words) . . . sacred dining-couch (or: sacred banquet; hiera klinē) . . . (two or three missing words) . . . in the temple . . . (two or three missing words). . . to accomplish sacrifices and libations on behalf of our god and lord the emperor Caesar Vespasian Augustus and the fortune (tychē) of his entire household.  Therefore, if it seems right, I ask that you give permission concerning these requests so that the appropriate activities for the deity are not neglected.  Farewell.

(hand 2) | {hand 2} Sois (Sais) son of Teos submitted the petition (anaphorion) in the 6th year of emperor Caesar Vespasian Augustus, on the 7th of the month of Sebastos.

Translation by: Harland

{lines lost} {hand 1} ἀγα[γ]ε̣ῖ̣ν̣ α̣ ̣ ̣ ̣[- ca.15 -] | τὸν θίασον καὶ ̣[- ca.12 - τὴν] | ἱερὰν κλείνην {κλίνην} εν̣[- ca.15 -] | θα ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ τ[- ca.12 - ἐπι]||τ̣ελ̣εσθῆναι ὑπ[ὲρ τῆς τοῦ ἡμετέρου] | θεοῦ καὶ κυρίου Αὐτ[ο]κ̣ρ̣ά̣τ̣ο̣ρ̣[ος Καίσ]α̣ρ̣[ο]ς̣ | Οὐεσπασιανοῦ Σεβαστο̣ῦ καὶ τοῦ σύνπαν̣|τος αὐτοῦ οἴκου τύχης τὰς θυσίας καὶ | σπονδά̣ς. διὸ ἀξιῶ ἐὰν φαίνηται || ἐπιχω̣ρῆσαι ἐπὶ τοῖς ἠ̣ξιωμένοις | πρὸς τὸ μηδὲν τῶν [εἰς] τὸ θεῖον | ἀ̣νηκόντων παρεωρ̣[α]θ̣ῆναι. εὐτύχ(ει). | {hand 2} Σ̣όις Τεῶτος ἐπιδέδ̣ωκα τὸ ἀνα|φ̣όριον. (ἔτους) ϛ Αὔτορος {Αὐτο<κράτο>ρος} Κα̣ί̣σ̣α̣ρος Οὐεσπασιανοῦ || Σεβαστοῦ, μηνὸς Σεβασ̣τ̣οῦ ζ.

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