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The following contract specifies the terms for apprenticeship of a young slave girl to a weaver:

Aurelius Ision, son of Nilammon, a resident of Karanis(?), has given over to Aurelia Libouke, a resident of the quarter of the Bithynians and other areas, a weaver, acting without guardian by right of her children, the slave child of the same Ision, to learn with Aurelia Libouke <OR: the daughter(?) [of the brother(?)] of the same Ision, Aurelia . . ., to learn> 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... ...(several lines too damaged to be translated)... ...may receive from the weaver(?)... ...as many day 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. Neither party shall have authority to alter either one or another stipulation nor to transgress any part of the written agreement, but let whosoever does transgress give to the one abiding by it, as penalty, two hundred silver drachmai....

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