Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 2

Cover of the book, which displays the title and names of authors and contributors.

The second volume of ostraka from the excavations at Amheida (ancient Trimithis) in Egypt

  • by: Rodney Ast, Roger S. Bagnall
  • contributors: Clementina Caputo, Rafaella Cribiore
  • Amheida III 2016
  • ISAW & NYU Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-4798-5374-8
  • DOI: 10.2307/j.ctt1ht4vxq

This is the second volume of ostraka from the excavations Amheida (ancient Trimithis) in Egypt. It adds 491 items to the growing corpus of primary texts from the site. In addition to the catalog, the introductory sections make important contributions to understanding the role of textual practice in the life of a pre-modern small town. Issues addressed include tenancy, the administration of water, governance, the identification of individuals in the archaeological record, the management of estates, personal handwriting, and the uses of personal names. Additionally, the chapter "Ceramic Fabrics and Shapes” by Clementina Caputo breaks new ground in the treatment of these inscribed shards as both written text and physical object. This volume will be of interest to specialists in Roman-period Egypt as well as to scholars of literacy and writing in the ancient world and elsewhere.