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An edition, with translation and commentary of unpublished papyrus texts of the Roman period from Oxyrhynchus.

Montserrat, D.; (1991) An edition, with translation and commentary of unpublished papyrus texts of the Roman period from Oxyrhynchus. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D.), University College London. Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis takes the form of an editio princeps, with transcriptions, translations and commentaries, of thirty previously unedited papyrus texts, dating from between the first and seventh centuries of our era. The papyri have no unifying theme other than their discovery at the site of Oxyrhynchus in Middle Egypt during the excavations of B.P.Grenfell and A.S.Hunt at the beginning of this century. All are written in Greek, the lingua franca of the Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. An eclectic collection of material is represented. On the literary side, there are four Homeric papyri which increase our knowledge of the text of the second book of the Odyssey, and a new sub-literary prose work, unfortunately very fragmentary. The documentary papyri which constitute the bulk of the thesis range from formulaic texts of well-represented types, such as receipts and leases of land, to items such as personal letters, dinner invitations and inventories, which as well as illuminating private life in provincial Egypt at the time of the Roman hegemony have provided us with some hitherto unattested words and technical terms.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D.
Title: An edition, with translation and commentary of unpublished papyrus texts of the Roman period from Oxyrhynchus.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by Proquest
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109565
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