Vol. I: A Selection
Translated by G & H into four rather literal verse stanzas, of which this is the first:
Sweet Nereids, grant to me | That home unscathed my brother may return, | And every end, for which his soul shall yearn, | Accomplished see!
Excerpted here is an account of a popular demonstration made in honour of the prytanis at Oxyrhynchus on the occasion of a visit from the praefect:
...when the assembly had met, (the people cried) . . . the Roman power forever! lords Augusti! prosperous praefect, prosperity to our ruler! Hail, . . . president, glory of the city, ... Dioscorus, chief of the citizens! under you our blessings increase evermore, source of our blessings, . . . Prosperity to the patriot, prosperity to the lover of right! Source of our blessings, founder of the city! ......
To Claudianus, strategus [chief magistrate], from Dionysus, son of Apollodorus, son of Dionysius, of Oxyrhynchus, public physician. I was to-day instructed by you, through Heraclides your assistant, to inspect the body of a man who had been found hanged, named Hierax, and to report to you my opinion upon it. I therefore inspected the body in the presence of the aforesaid Heraclides at the house of Epagathus, son of . . . merus, son of Sarapion, in the Broad Street quarter, and found it hanged by a noose, which fact I accordingly report.
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