April 29, AD 42 )

( Johnson, Coleman-Norton & Bourne, Ancient Roman Statutes, Austin, 1961, pp. 140, n. 169


      This papyrus, reported in 1907, is another document in a long series of constitutions attempting to protect provincials from unauthorized requisitions by officials and by soldiers.


      Lucius Aemilius Rectus proclaims :
      No one is permitted, without a warrant from me, to requisition transport from the peasants or to ask gifts of provisions or anything else. Those persons who have my warrant may take supplies sufficient for their needs after paying the price. If information is laid against any troops or detached soldiers or any of those persons employed in public service that they have acted in violation of my order or have made any exaction or have levied money from any peasant, I shall visit extreme punishment upon him.
      Year 2 of Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Imperator, Germanicus 4.