Third Meeting of WMTC

Third Meeting of WMTC

“Ostraka and the culture of writing in Egypt’s deserts”

Roger Bagnall,

Leon Levy Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Memorial Room, The Queen’s College, Oxford University

 

Egypt’s deserts offer deep contrasts in physical character and economies. This variety is reflected in the written documentation found in vast quantities in the last thirty years: the Eastern Desert with its military presence, extractive industries, and trade routes, was marked by the presence of Latin, the need for correspondence, and the importance of the government. The Western Desert, a land of isolated agricultural settlements, generated an entirely different set of types of texts. There are, however, some interesting connections in the educational underpinnings of the writing cultures of the two zones.