Chapter

Writing on Ostraca

Roger S. Bagnall

in Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267022
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948525 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267022.003.0007
Writing on Ostraca

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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

Chapter.  5886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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