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P.Cair.Zen. 1 59093

22.5 x 34

CG59093; JE48541; SR0794

Letter from Herakleitos to Zenon

(257 B.C.)

After describing his troubles in acquiring a new horse, Herakleitos proceeds, Apollophanes also has arrived in Syria and told him that Krotos is waiting in Joppa for an opportunity of exporting and mattresses. He replied that he could not sail there at present, for he had been ordered by Dionysodoros to bring his baggage to Herakleia. He informed us too that those at home were all well. And Menekles of Tyre, he said, had brought some slaves and merchandise from Gaza to Tyre and landed them in Tyre for transshipment without notifying the Customs officers and without having a permit to export the slaves, and on learning this they had taken them from him. So Apollophanes coming to the aid of Menekles declared that the slaves and the merchandise were yours, and Menekles was obliged to back him up. The passage is far from clear, but the meaning seems to be that the declaration was a dodge to get the slaves out of the hands of the Customs officers. Herakleitos ends with a complaint about some delay in giving him an appointment, saying that Nikanor has treated him as if he were an enemy.

 

 

 

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