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By Roger S. Bagnall, Giovanni R. Ruffini

This quantity offers 455 inscribed pottery fragments, or ostraka, came across in the course of NYU’s excavations at Amheida within the western barren region of Egypt. the bulk date to the overdue Roman interval (3rd to 4th century AD), a time of swift social switch in Egypt and the traditional Mediterranean commonly. Amheida was once a small office, and the total book of those short texts illuminates the position of writing within the day-by-day lives of its population. the topics coated by way of the Amheida ostraka comprise the distribution of nutrients, the management of wells, the economic lives of population, their schooling, and different features of existence ignored in literary assets. The authors offer a whole creation to the technical features of terminology and chronology, whereas additionally situating this crucial proof in its historic, social and local context.
 
Online version on hand as a part of the NYU Library's historic global electronic Library and in partnership with the Institute for the research of the traditional international (ISAW). 
 

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The clay tablet 62, relating to a pagan cult, belongs to this fill. It is also interesting that Neilos son of Neilammon appears in 394, from DSU 119, which is part of the debris above the floor level. Comparing the information from Courtyard 9, one may conclude that his activity straddles the period of the laying of this floor and the activity taking part in the area after construction. From DSU 220, debris contemporary with floor F106 or postdating it, we also have one tag referring to Nikokles (226) and an uncertainly read reference to year 22 (228).

Isid. 126 provides a still more direct comparison. It is addressed from Herakleides, praepositus pagi of the fifth pagus of the Arsinoite nome, to another praepositus pagi, and refers to "the order... "43 The editors date the text, and the otherwise unknown imperial edict to which it refers, to c. 308/309. It is not difficult to imagine that such persons might need a watchman, especially if financial gain were at stake. With Herakleides the praepositus in mind, the possible identification of Serenos with the praepositus pagi of the same name seems even more plausible.

Also attested as Ousire in unpublished Trimithis ostrakon inv. 13223 from the 2008 season, appearing with Pselthis and pmoun Tsalem (see Tsamen below). Όστρακ( ) (Ostrak( )) - appears in well tag 152 as a hydreuma pmoun. Π ττφ ( )- appears in well tag 169 as a hydreuma pmoun. Πακ( ) (Pak( )) - appears in well tag 154 as a hydreuma pmoun. Perhaps identical to subsequent Pmoun. Πακειλ (Pakeil) - appears in well tag 145. Παλου (Palou) - appears over two lines of well tag 108 as Πα Ι λου. Παμώ(νθου) (Pamo(nthes)) - appears in well tag 166 as a hydreuma pmoun.

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