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Amheida I: Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 1

Roger S. Bagnall and Giovanni R. Ruffini


This book presents 455 inscribed pottery fragments, or ostraka, found during New York University's excavations at Amheida in the western desert of Egypt. The majority date to the Late Roman period (3rd to 4th century AD), a time of rapid social change in Egypt and the ancient Mediterranean generally. Amheida was a small administrative center, and the full publication of these brief texts illuminates the role of writing in the daily lives of its inhabitants. The subjects covered by the Amheida ostraka include the distribution of food, the administration of wells, the commercial lives of inhabit ... More

Keywords: Amheida, Egypt, Late Roman period, food distribution, wells, potter fragments, ostraca, New York University

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814745267
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814745267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger S. Bagnall, author

Giovanni R. Ruffini, author

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