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The Papyrology of the Near East

Jean Gascou

in The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199843695
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199843695.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 The Papyrology of the Near East

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The first section of this article discusses the Near Eastern texts from Egypt and discoveries in the Near East. The second section notes that the Near Eastern papyri form five principal bodies: Dura, the Middle Euphrates, Nahal Hever, Petra, and Nessana. The third section discusses paleography, which requires a mastery of many variables and a good knowledge of the Egyptian texts. The fourth section considers formats and diplomatics. The fifth and sixth sections discuss language and law. The seventh section compares Near Eastern papyrology and Egyptian papyrology.

Keywords: Near Eastern papyri; Nahal Hever; Petra; Middle Euphrates; Nessana; Egyptian texts; paleography

Article.  10068 words. 

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

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