Photographic Archive of Papyri in the Cairo Museum


P.Oxy. 14 1627

23.3 x 10.7

JE47494

Appointment to a liturgy

(A.D. 342)

This papyrus throws an interesting light on the method of appointment to public duties. Usually persons were appointed, whether by the senate or by an official, to some definite liturgy; but in the present case a citizen of Oxyrhynchus and his son had been selected to perform an unspecified liturgy for eight months, and they make a contract with the systates, the official in question, whereby in return for receiving a very light duty, i.e. that of guarding the temple of ThoŽris, they agree to perform it for a whole year. The body of the contract seems to have been drawn up by the agent of a professional writer of contracts, who appends his signature.

 

 

 

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