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This volume presents 455 inscribed pottery fragments, or ostraka, found during NYU's excavations at Amheida in the western desert of Egypt. The majority date to the Late Roman period (3rd to 4th century AD), a time of rapid social change in Egypt and the ancient Mediterranean generally. Amheida was a small administrative center, and the full publication of these brief texts illuminates the role of writing in the daily lives of its inhabitants. The subjects covered by the Amheida ostraka include the distribution of food, the administration of wells, the commercial lives of inhabitants, their education, and other aspects of life neglected in literary sources. The authors provide a full introduction to the technical aspects of terminology and chronology, while also situating this important evidence in its historical, social and regional context. Online edition available as part of the NYU Library's Ancient World Digital Library and in partnership with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW).
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. Giovanni R. Ruffini is Assistant Professor of History and Classical Studies at Fairfield University.
PrefaceContentsFiguresNote on Editorial ProcedureIntroductionTypes of' textsDating Stratigraphy and coins in House B1The wells and Trimithite geographyManaging wells and estatesCommodities and measuresTrimithis as a political communityHouse B2 (Area 1.3)Ostraka from the Temple HillPersonal namesArchaeological contexts of the ostrakaTexts, translations, and commentariesI. Accounts and lists (1-62)II. Ration accounts (63-70)III. Lists (71-95)IV. Well tags: Pmoun formula (96-145)V. Well tags: Hydreuma Pmoun formula (146-172)VI. Tags: Miscellaneous and uncertain (173-247)VII. Memoranda (248-277)VIII. Receipts (278-294)IX. LeNers, orders, and notes (295-330)X. Writing exercises (331-337)XI. Jar inscriptions (338-343)XII. Miscellaneous (344-353)XIII. Uncertain texts (354-454)IndicesI. ChronologicalA. Regnal yearsB. Indiction years C. Months and daysII. Personal namesIII. Geographical termsIV. O?cial and military termsV. Professions, occupations, and statusesVI. ReligionVII. TaxationVIII. Money IX. Weights and measuresX. Greek wordsXI. Demotic and Abnormal HieraticA. Regnal yearsB. Months and daysC. Personal namesD. Professions and occupationsE. WordsConcordance of Inventory numbers and publication numbers
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