The Old Groaner Amintas Tomb; Fethiye

13th, 2011
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Dear Mr Amintas,
We are in receipt of your mail of the 4th inst, requesting permission to construct a rock tomb on an unspecified rock face within the jurisdiction of the city council. I am obliged to inform you that before the council can consider your proposal a formal application must be made by an accredited architect, co-signed by a licensed funeral director. The application to be on form No RT 1708 and must be accompanied by a copy of your birth certificate, a plan view of the proposed location and detailed architectural drawings of the proposed tomb including a front elevation indicating the height of the tomb above the nearest level ground at the base of that tomb.
Yours Sincerely,
Zertis son of Calod
Department of Rock Tombs. Telmessos

Dear Mr Amintas,
Thank you for the completed application for your proposed rock tomb submitted by the architect Smyda of Xanthos. We have accepted the completed form RT 1708 and the copy of your birth certificate which gives your age to be 32 making you qualified to begin construction of the tomb. We have allotted a reference number to your application; you will see that number at the bottom of this letter. However, we have to inform you that the architect’s drawings cannot be accepted because they were not drawn up on approved papyrus. Please see the attached document being a list of approved papyrus manufacturers who can supply grade A papyrus with a half life of two months [Julian Calendar].
Yours Sincerely,
Zertis son of Calod Our Ref RT 1708/ 44

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44
Many thanks for your generous donation to our party funds.
In answer to your question; a papyrus half life of two months means that after a two month period a minimum of half the words in the document must be legible to myself as head of department.
Yours Sincerely,
Zertis son of Calod

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44
Thank you for your new architectural drawings relating to application No RT 1708/44.
The tomb design has been approved, and indeed admired, by our architectural division but the tomb-sites department has disapproved the location. The location you have proposed has been reserved for a person of royal blood and may not be allocated to a businessman.
Yours Sincerely,
Zertis son of Calod

Continued……….

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44
Thank you for your amendment to your application No RT 1708/44 that being the new proposed location of the tomb. That location is now approved and you may proceed with the work. I draw your attention to paragraph 25c of the application notes which states that within a month of the completion of the tomb a drawing showing the proposed colour scheme, if relevant, should be submitted to this office. Our building inspector will make periodic visits to the site and you are required to co-operate with him in all matters. Any dispute you may have with him must be summarised by yourself in writing and will be dealt with by the arbitrating panel in Xanthos.
Yours Sincerely,
Zertis son of Calod

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44
Our building inspector has reported that your work on the tomb to this date has brought to light a serious misunderstanding. We had assumed that the dimensions given on your architect’s drawings were in units of feet or hands; it is now apparent, and your general foreman has confirmed this, that the dimensions are in arm-lengths and the tomb is to be approximately 4 times the size which this department had anticipated. I’m sorry to say that it is not in this department’s remit to grant permission for a tomb of that size. You are required to stop the work immediately whilst we put the application into the hands of the Xanthos Department of Rock Tombs.
Yours Sincerely,
Zertis son of Calod

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44
I think that your mention of the donation to party funds is most inappropriate at this time.
Yours Sincerely,
Zertis son of Calod

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44[B]
This is to inform you that Zertis son of Calod has been transferred to the highways department and is now supervising the construction of the Lycian way. I have taken over his duties in this chair and will henceforth be handling the application for your rock tomb.
I have forwarded your architect’s drawings to the Xanthos office but they find that the papyrus has exceeded its half life. Please instruct your architect to prepare a new complete set of the documents. The drawings to clearly state that the dimensions are in arm-length units and may I suggest that on the front elevation of the drawings your architect shows a representation of a man of average height standing in an upright pose at the base of the proposed tomb. For purely artistic reasons I suggest that his wife and a young child be included. Holding hands maybe?
Please arrange for the delivery of those drawings to the Xanthos Department of Rock Tombs.
Yours Sincerely,
Onesimus

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44[B]
I am pleased to inform you that your latest application has been approved by the Xanthos Dept. of Rock Tombs and that you may proceed with the works.
Yours Sincerely,
Onesimus

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44[B]
We are in receipt of your notification of the 15th , giving notice of the impending completion of your tomb. Referring to your file I see that your last correspondence with this office was four years ago when my father Onesimus held this chair. I regret to inform you that two years after that exchange of mails my father passed away at the ripe age of 50 years. I now have responsibility for the satisfactory completion of your tomb and must record that your tomb is a credit to the town. However, we have a small problem with the proposed colour. It is thought by our committee that bright red may be just a little too imposing for such a large rock tomb in that particular location overlooking the town.
I suggest that we meet at this office to view the approved colour tablets at a date convenient to yourself and there to chose a more subdued colour.
Sincerely,
Columbius son of Onesimus

Dear Mr Amintas, RT 1708/44[B]
Many thanks for the invitation to the unveiling of your rock tomb. I regret to say that I will be unable to attend but I am pleased to put on record my admiration for the tomb and to say that I am sure that it will be a source of much attention and admiration by our citizens for many years to come. May you occupy it in peace when your time comes.
Yours very Sincerely,
Columbius son of Onesimus

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