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Village Institutions in Egypt in the Roman to Early Arab Periods$
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Micaela Langellotti and D. W. Rathbone

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266779

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266779.001.0001

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Record-Offices in Villages in Roman Egypt

Record-Offices in Villages in Roman Egypt

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Village Institutions in Egypt in the Roman to Early Arab Periods

Micaela Langellotti

British Academy

Record-offices called grapheia are documented in villages in Egypt as early as the second century BC until well into the third century AD. This chapter investigates the role and nature of the grapheia documented in villages in the first three centuries of Roman rule (AD I-III), with a focus on Tebtunis, in order to establish what difference they made to the functioning of villages as independent communities and to what extent they provided village society with some form of self-administration.

Keywords:   Roman Egypt, village record-offices, village grapheion, village economy, village society, village-networks, notary offices

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