The Multilingual Experience in Egypt, from the Ptolemies to the Abbasids

The Multilingual Experience in Egypt, from the Ptolemies to the Abbasids

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The wealth of documentary sources preserved by Egypt's papyri makes the country a privileged observation ground for the study of ancient multilingualism. Papyri capture more linguistic registers than other ancient and medieval sources, ranging as they do from very private documents not meant by their author to be read by future generations, to official documents produced by the administration, which are preserved in their original form. This collection of essays aims to make this wealth better known, as well as to give a diachronic view of multilingual practices in Egypt from the arrival of the Greeks as a political force in the country with Alexander the Great, to the beginnings of Abbasid rule when Greek, and slowly also Coptic, receded from the documentary record.... the common Demotic sign group for mn with a sign that clearly does not form part of the standard font of Demotic signs? ... The Greek monogram for Seiva, a#39;so- and-soa#39; The j sign is a Greek abbreviation mark representing in a very schematic way a ... For example, in the Greek magical manuals from Egypt (dating from the first century BCE to the fifth century CE) it is ... For a chronological overview of the use of abbreviations, see H.I. Bell, Abbreviations in documentary papyria#39;, in G.E.anbsp;...


Title:The Multilingual Experience in Egypt, from the Ptolemies to the Abbasids
Author: Arietta Papaconstantinou
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2010
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