P.Oxy. XLIX 3474

Application for a Loan of Seed-Corn

ed. R. Pintaudi

EES: Papyrology Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

This application by Ischyrion son of Heradion includes two unparalleled features which complicate our picture of how seed-corn loans operated. Ischyrion names a guarantor in Alexandria (who countersigns to promise that the loan will be repaid); and he promises to comply with a set of orders issued by the Prefect of Egypt concerning proper use of the grain. The editor speculates that there may have been unusual circumstances that year — perhaps a poor Nile inundation — which necessitated tighter controls.

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