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The Materiality of Writing in Karanis: Excavating Everyday Writing in a Town in Roman Egypt

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in a Town in Roman Egypt
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rivista AEGYPTUS
fascicolo AEGYPTUS - 2014 - 1
titolo The Materiality of Writing in Karanis: Excavating Everyday Writing in a Town in Roman Egypt
autore
editore Vita e Pensiero
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online da 07-10-2016
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This paper investigates the archaeological picture of “everyday writing” in the Ptolemaic-roman settlement of karanis. “Everyday writing” is defined as “the act of writing using materials that can reasonably be assumed to have been available to anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.” with regard to writing implements, the paper shows that palettes are found in significant numbers in roman contexts. it hypothesizes that a demotic literary culture surrounding the temples might explain this result. with regard to media of writing, the paper argues that the archaeological record is skewed towards papyri and ostraca. it concludes that the archaeological record underrepresents the importance of tablets.

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