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Coptic Documentary Texts From Kellis: Volume 2 P. Kellis VII
     

Coptic Documentary Texts From Kellis: Volume 2 P. Kellis VII

by Iain Gardner
 
This is the second volume on fourth century Coptic documents written on papyri and boards, found in the ruins of houses at Kellis, the Roman predecessor of the village of Ismant el-Kharab in the Dakhleh Oasis. It is concerned with 75 letters and associated household accounts and lists, mostly from House 3. The documents are transcribed and translated with commentary.

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This is the second volume on fourth century Coptic documents written on papyri and boards, found in the ruins of houses at Kellis, the Roman predecessor of the village of Ismant el-Kharab in the Dakhleh Oasis. It is concerned with 75 letters and associated household accounts and lists, mostly from House 3. The documents are transcribed and translated with commentary. Together, these two volumes break new ground in providing a unique insight into the social and economic relations of a sectarian group within a late antique village, and the opportunity to study that group's interaction with other communities. They give voice to ordinary people and provide genuine insights into literacy and the role of women, communications and travel, multilingual society and normative forms of belief and practice.

Editorial Reviews

Brice C. Jones An Academic Website Devoted to Papyrology and More - Brice C. Jones
P.Kellis VII is a fine addition to scholarship and I warmly welcome its appearance. Edited by a “dream team” of Coptologists, this volume—which is quite large—contributes to discussions about an ancient Egyptian village, Manichaeism, prosopography, family life in the Egyptian desert, Coptic language, palaeography, epistolography, and more.
Bryn Mawr Classical Review - Malcolm Choat
This long-awaited volume sheds light on (among other matters) the textile trade, Coptic epistolography, women’s literacy, book copying, travel between valley and the Oasis, religion, and above all, the life of an extended family over several decades. It provides both a new perspective on previously published material and a major addition to the dossier of fourth-century Coptic documentary material.
Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgendlandes (WZKM) - Prof. A. Shisha Halevy
The translations, with their underlying analysis, are sensitive and acute, never ignoring or evading difficulties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782976516
Publisher:
Oxbow Books Limited
Publication date:
06/30/2014
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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