P.Oxy. I.3555
Oxyrhynchos, 1st/2nd century CE

To Asklepi (Claudius (crossed out)) strategos, from Thermouthion, daughter of Ploutarchos, from the city of Oxyrhynchos. I loved and took care of my serving girl, Peina, a homebred slave, as though my own little daughter, in the hope that when she came of age I would have her to nourish me in my old age, since I am a woman who is helpless and alone. The incident involved crossing the city on the 19th of last month, when a certain Eucharion, freedwoman of Longinus, was escorting her as a pedagogue to her lesson in singing and other skills, who at the moment of the departure from my house led Peina in with her right hand in bandages, and when I asked her the cause, (Eucharion) told me that the girl had been dashed down by a certain slave Polydeukes, as he was driving his donkey, so that, as a result, her whole hand (or arm?) was crushed, and most parts mutilated, while the rest was a gaping wound. And because I did not then have someone in charge of the office of strategos, I did (not?) submit a petition about this matter, supposing her wound to be a superficial one, but it is incurable, and I am unwilling to endure the pain concerning my serving girl, because she is in danger of her life and because I am sorely pressed by my despair for her life; you too will feel distressed when you actually see it. Of necessity, then, I have fled to you as my defender and I ask that that I be helped and receive from you (the benefit?)....


Trans:
Rowlandson, Jane, ed. 1998. Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt. Cambridge.