Amheida III

Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 2

310 pages

24 color

January, 2017

ISBN: 9781479853748



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Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. 

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Clementina Caputo is Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Collaborative Research Centre 933, “Material Text Cultures”, at the University of Heidelberg. She has been a member of the Dime excavation team since 2006 and the Amheida excavation team since 2009. She is an archaeologist working on Graeco-Roman pottery and ceramic writing supports in Egypt.

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Rafaella Cribiore is Professor of Classics at New York University. She is a specialist in ancient education and her work at Amheida has included study of the schoolroom excavated at the site. Before moving to NYU in 2008, Cribiore taught at Columbia University and in 2010 was the Townsend Lecturer at Cornell.

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This is the second volume of ostraka from the excavations Amheida (ancient Trimithis) in Egypt. It adds 491 items to the growing corpus of primary texts from the site. In addition to the catalog, the introductory sections make important contributions to understanding the role of textual practice in the life of a pre-modern small town. Issues addressed include tenancy, the administration of water, governance, the identification of individuals in the archaeological record, the management of estates, personal handwriting, and the uses of personal names. Additionally, the chapter "Ceramic Fabrics and Shapes” by Clementina Caputo breaks new ground in the treatment of these inscribed sherds as both written text and physical object. This volume will be of interest to specialists in Roman-period Egypt as well as to scholars of literacy and writing in the ancient world and elsewhere.