By Roger S. Bagnall,Giovanni R. Ruffini

This quantity provides 455 inscribed pottery fragments, or ostraka, found in the course of NYU’s excavations at Amheida within the western barren region of Egypt. the bulk date to the overdue Roman interval (3rd to 4th century AD), a time of speedy social swap in Egypt and the traditional Mediterranean mostly. Amheida was once a small office, and the entire e-book of those short texts illuminates the position of writing within the day-by-day lives of its population. the themes coated by way of the Amheida ostraka contain the distribution of meals, the management of wells, the industrial lives of population, their schooling, and different facets of lifestyles ignored in literary assets. The authors offer a whole creation to the technical elements of terminology and chronology, whereas additionally situating this crucial proof in its old, social and local context.

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