Amheida I: Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 1 by Roger S. Bagnall, Giovanni R. Ruffini

By Roger S. Bagnall, Giovanni R. Ruffini

This quantity provides 455 inscribed pottery fragments, or ostraka, stumbled on in the course of NYU’s excavations at Amheida within the western wilderness of Egypt. the bulk date to the overdue Roman interval (3rd to 4th century AD), a time of quick social swap in Egypt and the traditional Mediterranean usually. Amheida used to be a small place of job, and the entire e-book of those short texts illuminates the position of writing within the day-by-day lives of its population. the themes lined via the Amheida ostraka comprise the distribution of foodstuff, the management of wells, the industrial lives of population, their schooling, and different points of existence overlooked in literary resources. The authors offer a whole creation to the technical features of terminology and chronology, whereas additionally situating this crucial facts in its historic, social and nearby context.
 
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13223, from the 2008 season. Τσαταρσε (Tsatarse) - appears in well tag 109. Τσοα (Tsoa) - appears in well tag 110. 36 OSTRAKA FROM TRIMITHIS Ταύρου (Tsurou) - appears in a well tag with an unusual format, 138. No personal name is given, only a note for 30 desmai. Τχαλεμσαψε (Tchalemsapse) - appears in tag 223, which shares the format of the standard well tags, but lacks the terms hydreuma or pmoun. ), and in a well tag 161 as a hydreuma pmoun. It is also mentioned in 56. Reference to hydreuma pmoun Pheb appears in Deir al-Hagar ostrakon 2 (see note 17 above).

Whether the role of the slaves in this estate was primarily urban or in some way related to the wells under estate management is not possible to determine on present evidence. Domnion appears in two of these ration accounts, once (66) addressing his subordinate, Gelasios, whom we have already mentioned. In 295, Gelasios issues an order for payment of 2 maria of wine to an otherwise unknown Erabios. The coincidence in personnel between the orders and the ration accounts may suggest that a number of other Trimithite memoranda and receipts deal with the same transactions as the eight ration accounts themselves.

Chthua) - appears in the well tag 227 associated with the vineyard called Moun, which is perhaps a vineyard self-referentially named for the well itself. 1 and Area 4. Also appears in an unusual double-sided well tag naming Pmoun Osir[ios], 155. Hydreuma is perhaps to be restored to the left of that attestation. Identical with subsequent Pmoun? Pmoun Pso may also appear in the unpublished Trimithis ostrakon inv. 13251 from the 2008 season. Ψωι (Psoi) - appears in various tags, including some attestations as a hydreuma pmoun.

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