Βούλομαι δέ σοί τι διελθεῖν ἐν καταγωγῇ ποτε γεγονός. ἀπεῖπε μὲν διδοὺς ἄρχων χάριτας, ὧν τὰς ὑστάτας ἐν βαλανείῳ, εἷς δέ τις ἀτυχῶν μέν, τυχεῖν δὲ ἐπιθυμῶν ἀποδύντος ἀποδὺς τὸ βιβλίον εἰσενεγκὼν καὶ μέλαν καὶ κάλαμον διὰ γέλωτος οὐκ ἄπρακτος ἀπῆλθεν, ἀλλ’ ἐκφέρων ἅμα ἱδρῶτι γράμματα.
(Libanius, Or. 52.7)

I would like to tell you what happened once in a governor’s headquarters. After granting his last favours at the bath, the governor refused to give more. One man, who had failed to receive any but wished to obtain one from the governor when he was stripped, stripped off his own clothes and amidst general laughter brought his document, together with ink and pen, and did not leave without success, carrying away his subscription along with his sweat. (tr. Raffaella Cribiore)

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