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Rental Agreement Discovered in Turkey Shows Tenancy Was No Easier 2,200 Years Ago

Friday, October 7, 2016 7:01
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Rental Agreement Discovered in Turkey Shows Tenancy Was No Easier 2,200 Years Ago

Archaeologists have unearthed a unique inscription in the ancient city of Teos in the Seferihisar district of Izmir Province, Turkey. The text carved in stone is a rare example of an ancient rental agreement.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, the discovery is thought to be the most comprehensive rental agreement in Anatolian history. The city of Teos was established in 1,100 and is well known from information written by Herodotus. However, the new discovery sheds more light on the history of the city. The rental agreement was apparently made with a guarantor and six witnesses, including notable citizens, and declares punishments against the improper use of land containing buildings.

Odeon of the ancient city of Teos in Seferihisar, Turkey.

Odeon of the ancient city of Teos in Seferihisar, Turkey. (Ms. Sevil Ege/CC BY 3.0)

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