By Roger S. Bagnall,Giovanni R. Ruffini

ISBN-10: 0814745261

ISBN-13: 9780814745267

This quantity offers 455 inscribed pottery fragments, or ostraka, found in the course of NYU’s excavations at Amheida within the western wilderness of Egypt. the bulk date to the overdue Roman interval (3rd to 4th century AD), a time of quick social switch in Egypt and the traditional Mediterranean more often than not. Amheida used to be a small office, and the entire ebook of those short texts illuminates the function of writing within the day-by-day lives of its population. the topics coated through the Amheida ostraka comprise the distribution of meals, the management of wells, the economic lives of population, their schooling, and different elements of lifestyles overlooked in literary assets. The authors offer an entire advent to the technical elements of terminology and chronology, whereas additionally situating this crucial proof in its ancient, social and neighborhood context.

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