Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 1.37 ( 49 CE)
From the records of the strategos Tiberius Claudius Pasion, in the ninth year of the reign of the emperor Tiberius Claudius Caesar Germanicus [49 CE], third day of Pharmouthi [29 March], court proceedings:
Pesouris vs. Saraeus.

Aristocles representing Pesouris: Pesouris, for whom I'm speaking, in the seventh year of Tiberius Claudius Caesar, our reigning emperor, took from the dung heap a male slave-child named Heraclas. He entrusted him to the defendant. At that time a contract for nursing was handed over here to the son of Pesouris. She took the payment for nursing for the first year. When the time came for the second year's amount, she took it once again. To prove the truth, there are receipts from her agreeing that she received it. When he saw the slave-child was starving, Pesouris snatched him away. Afterwards, at the first opportunity, Saraeus rushed into the home of my client and snatched away the slave child and wanted to claim ownership on the grounds that he was free. I present the contract for child-rearing, then the receipt for payment of the expenses. I ask that the terms of the contract be enforced.

Saraeus: I had weaned my own son, when these folks' slave was entrusted to me. I received from them the full amount of eight staters. Later the slave died but I still had [some of] the money. Now they want to tear away my child from me .

Theon: We have the documentation regarding the slave-child ..

Pasion: Since in appearance the child seems to be Saraeus', if she and the husband swear an oath that the child entrusted to them by Pesouris died, I will pass the judgment in accord with the decisions of our lord prefect that, if she gives back the payment that she received, she keep her own son.

Trans: J. Rowlandson, Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt (1998).