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1. Apprentice Contract
P. Mich. Inv. 5191
Karanis, 27-CA20-A

In this contract Aurelius Ision arranges to apprentice his young slave with a weaver. The contract was written in Greek on January 20, 271 A.D.

Aurelius Ision has given over to Aurelia Libouke, a weaver, the slave child of the same Ision, to learn with Aurelia Libouke the indicated craft in the period of one year from the first of the ensuing month Mecheir, the child being fed and clothed by her And for as many days as she is idle because of sickness or any other cause, she is to remain available an equal number of days as compensation after the end of the period. When the slave child has completed the agreed time without fault, the teacher shall return her after she has learned the craft with skill equal to those of her own age

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2. Registration of an Apprentice
P. Mich. 81

This document, written in Greek, records the registration of a young apprentice weaver by his father for tax purposes. It was drawn up on October 19, 62 A.D. and signed by the tax official the next day.

To Theon, collector of the weavers’ tax, from Pausiris, son of Ammonios, resident of the city of Oxyrhynchus, of the Cavalry Camp Quarter. I wish, from the present ninth year of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Imperator, to apprentice my son, Pausiris, a minor, to the master weaver, Epinikos, son of Theon, of the Temple of Hermes Quarter, that he may learn the art of weaving and pay the tax paid by persons of his class. Therefore I ask that my son be registered in the class of apprentices, as is fitting. Farewell. The 9th year of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Imperator, Phaophi 22.

(2nd hand) I, Theon, have affixed my signature. The ninth year of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Imperator, Phaophi 23.