Edict of Aurelius Sereniscus to the collectors of the grain revenues

 February 3, AD 226 

P. Tebt. II, 288 = W. Chr. 266 = Sel. Pap. II, 229 ( Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri ).

[Αὐρ]ή̣λ̣ι̣ος Σερηνίσκος ὁ καὶ Ἑρμησίας̣ [στ]ρα(τηγὸς) Ἀρσι(νοίτου) Θε(μίστου) [καὶ] Πολ̣(έμωνος) μερίδος· | παραγ<γ>έλλεται τοῖς πράκ[τ]ορσι τοῦ ε (ἔτους) τῶν [γε]ωργ(ῶν) | καὶ κληρούχων ἐπακολουθῆσαι τῇ γεινομένῃ ἐ̣π̣᾽ ἀ-|[γ]αθοῖς ἀναμετρήσει τοῦ σπόρου καὶ ἀναγράψασθαι | πᾶσαν τὴν ἐσπαρμένην γῆν ἔν τε πυρῷ καὶ ἄλλοις | γ[ένεσ]ι καὶ τὰ [ὀνό]ματα τῶν κατὰ φύσιν <γε>γεωργη-|κότων δημοσίων γεωργῶν καὶ κληρ[ο]ύ-|χων πρὸς τὸ μηδὲν ἐπὶ <περι>γραφὴ<ν> τοῦ ἱερωτάτου | ταμιείου γενέσθαι ὑπὸ τῶν λαογράφων | ἢ πραγματικῶν, ὡς τοῦ κινδύνου καὶ ὑμῖν | [αὐ]τοῖς ἅμα ἐκείνοις διοίσοντος ἐάν τι φανῇ | [κε]κακουργημέ[νο]ν ἢ οὐ δεόντως πεπρ[α]γ-|μένον, μηδεμιᾶς προφάσεως ὑμῖν | ὑ̣πολειπομένης ἐπὶ τῆς ἀπαιτήσεως | ἕνεκεν γνωρισμοῦ· καὶ τῆς μέντοι γει-|[ν]ομένης ὑφ᾽ ὑμῶν ἀναγραφῆς τὸ(?) | ἴσον(?) ἐπίδοτε. | vac. ? | (ἔτους) ε Αὐ[τοκρά]τορος Καίσαρος Μάρκου | [Αὐ]ρηλί[ου] Σεουήρ[ου Ἀλε]ξάνδρου Εὐσεβοῦς | Εὐτυχοῦς Σεβαστοῦ Μεχεὶρ θ.

English translation ( Advanced Papyrological Information System ).

Aurelius Sereniskos also called Hermesias, strategos of the divisions of Themistos and Polemon of the Arsinoite nome. It is hereby proclaimed to the collectors of revenues from the cultivators and owners for the 5th year that they shall observe the survey of the crops now auspiciously in progress, and shall set down all the land sown with both wheat and other produce, and the names of the public cultivators and owners who have planted the different kinds, so that there be no fraud against the most sacred treasury on the part of the laographoi or tax-collectors, since you not less than they will incur the risk of any misdemeanor or irregularity be proved to have occurred, no pretext with regard to the collection being left to you touching the identification (of the crops) ; and moreover send in a duplicate of the survey-list which you make. The 5th year of Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander Pius Felix Augustus, Mecheir 9.

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►  Source : Papyrus from Krokodilopolis.