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Communicating with Tablets and Papyri

Andrea Jördens

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195188004.013.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Communicating with Tablets and Papyri

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This article takes a look at the wide range of daily written correspondence that survived from Roman antiquity. Tablets, letters, and papyri serve as excellent source materials from the period, and a physical description of these items is provided. This article determines that these kinds of text are of unparalleled value as information sources for the social history of Graeco-Roman antiquity. It is even possible that these documents are important for revealing the areas that lie beyond the world of family and daily life.

Keywords: written correspondence; Roman antiquity; tablets; papyri; physical description; information sources

Article.  10959 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Papyrology ; Historical Archaeology

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