P.Oxy. LI 3620

Petition to Nyctostrategi

ed. J. R. Rea

EES: Papyrology Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Aurelius Thonis' wife has been beaten up and robbed by another woman and a slave girl. He asks the police officials to send a midwife to "take note of her condition and report in writing" as documentary evidence if he needs to take the case to the prefect's court. Mentions of midwives in the papyri are very rare: this was only the third to be published.

On forensic reports in antiquity, see Amundsen and Ferngren, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 52 (1978) 336-53.

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