ï~~ Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 48 (2011) 47-49 Apprenticeship Contract for Carpentry Chris Eckerman University of Oregon Abstract Edition of P.Mich. inv. 4238, the first apprenticeship contract for car pentry. P.Mich. inv. 4238 H x W = 10.5 x 7.5 cm Theadelpheia, Acquired in 1925 28 August, AD 128 There is a 1 cm upper margin; the right side has no margin since the writing runs to the edge of the sheet. The left side is heavily abraded. The papyrus breaks off at the bottom. Lacunae and abrasion show that the text was rolled or folded into three sections (there are horizontal folds between 11. 6-7 and 15-16). The verso (1) is blank. This lacunose contract is of particular interest since no other apprenticeship contracts for TeKtOVtKI have been published. The contract was drawn up on the last day of the year, and the apprenticeship was to start on the following day and run for a year. If the reading in 1. 7 is correct, the master was the nephew (age 25) of the father (age 42) of the apprentice boy. This seems so far unique. On apprenticeship contracts on papyrus, see M. Bergamasco Aegyptus 75 (1995) 95-167, with reference to previous discussion. - ["EToog Sto]6ex[dT] o AntoxpdTopoc [Kai apoc Tpatavo] A~ptavoV ctFaaT[oi] [ qvbg Katoa]pgig[u i].tayo tytov qy [v] [O]ffat [X]<pgla TT~ g Os ig oo epiS[o(g)] 5 [tob Apa] y9i[T]ov vo o. i46rTo Atods [ ca. 6 Wg] F-r~v TeacepdxovTa &5o [ ca. 8 ]..... tWt - avto <|t[6]kXpt [6 ca. 5 ].... 6g tiiTv iKO yTeyt [ ca. 10 ] dpt[[T]gp4-Tbv na[o]TO 10 [vibv ca. 5 iX]n'[p6vov] vtavvva [[ubo T]r~g yoo[qviag]oT o E&aotTO[] [ qvbg Tovc]ig5y [T] g TptoiKpeToo [stoog] A~p;vov Kai apog Tov Kopiou
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