Acknowledgment of indebtedness (A.D. 223-224)
"If I fail to repay as is set down in this bond I will pay you interest at 50
percent, you retaining the right of execution on me and my possessions of any
and every sort."—Aurelius Papontos
Like most of the citizens of Oxyrhynchus, this man was illiterate and had to
hire a scribe to write this legal agreement. The employment of scribes had a major
influence upon the tone of all personal documents in Oxyrhynchus, even private
letters, which tended to be very formal and impersonal.