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P. Oxy. CCXVIII 3

“If a priest of Ares dies he is decently laid out by the natives and carried after the third day to a public place. While the corpse is being burnt by the relatives, the temple-attendant who has been elected by the people places beneath it the sword of the god. A deep silence is maintained, and if it is rightly done, he receives the customary privaleges. But if he has any crime upon his conscience on the steel being held under the body … and he [is liable to] … accusations for his offence against the god.” – P. Oxy. CCXVIII 3

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