|Ephesus, Bouleuterion, Letter from Hadrian|
The emperor Caesar Trajanus Hadrianus Augustus, son of the divine Trajan Parthicus, grandson of the divine Nerva, pontifex maximus, for the thirteenth time tribune of the people, thrice consul, Father of the Fatherland of the Ephesians, salutes the administrators and the Council: greetings!
Lucius Erastus says that he is your fellow citizen, has often sailed the sea, has been useful to his homeland as often as he could, and has always transported the leaders of his people. He sailed with me twice, the first time when he brought me from Ephesus to Rhodes, and now, as I come to you from Eleusis.
He is requesting to become a member of the Council, and I forward his qualifications to you. If nothing stands in his way and if he proves worthy of that honor, then I will pay the amount of money that members of the Council pay upon their election.
IEph 1487 (Greek)
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