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Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East$
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Roger Bagnall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267022

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267022.001.0001

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Writing on Ostraca

Writing on Ostraca

A Culture of Potsherds?

(p.117) Chapter 6 Writing on Ostraca
Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East

Roger S. Bagnall

University of California Press

This chapter shows that ostraca occupied a central place in the patterns of everyday writing in the Graeco-Roman East—not merely in Egypt, but all through this cultural zone—which has sometimes been obscured by two types of archaeological variability, one a matter of the practice of excavation and the other a question of the particular local conditions affecting the survival of writing materials. It notes however that ostraca have not occupied a central place in papyrologists' conception of their field, still less in the image of papyrology in the minds of others.

Keywords:   ostraca, Graeco-Roman East, Egypt, archaeological variability, excavation, papyrology

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