Qasr Ibrim’s Other Archives

Giovanni R. Ruffini

in Medieval Nubia

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199891634
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980048 | DOI:
Qasr Ibrim’s Other Archives

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This chapter gives a preliminary discussion of Qasr Ibrim’s other Old Nubian documentary archives. It examines a group of documents connected to a Nubian eparch named Israel, with particular attention to what those documents tell us about Nubian dispute resolution. It also examines a group of documents connected to Dauti, whose position as thel() may have been related to tax collection. It also examines some of Qasr Ibrim’s religious and magical texts. The latter are particularly interesting for their attention to protection for women, especially during pregnancy. The magical texts fit patterns we see in Egypt, Ethiopia, and elsewhere in the world of eastern Mediterranean Christianity.

Keywords: Israel the eparch; Dauti; Nubian magic; religion

Chapter.  10724 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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