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Official daybook: September-October, AD 313(?)

This item records the daily activities of an unidentified official over a period of more than a month. Apart from the frequency with which the level of activity was ouden, ‘nothing’, most interest attaches to the entry every seven days of the word Dios = dies Iovis = Thursday, when the official also did nothing. Contrast the tall report of legal proceedings, from just over a decade later, by which time officials took Sundays off; at so early a date, though, that might indicate no more than a readiness to conform to new patterns, not a change of personal beliefs.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol.LIV no.3741