This study examines the terms and features in the Greek and Coptic documentary papyri from fourth-century CE Egypt which bear on the religious beliefs of their scribes, composers, senders, and recipients. These include onomastics, formulaic expressions, invocations of particular deities, the way the name of God is written, titles of officials, and linguistic choice. Where previous studies have often found predicative criteria and clear-cut boundaries, here a new narrative of the development of late-antique religious vocabulary and scribal practice is found in the ambiguity and the confluence of religious traditions which the papyri reveal.
Malcolm Choat lectures and researches in the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre and the Department of AncientHistory, at Macquarie University, Sydney.
Malcolm Choat lectures and researches in the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre and the Department of Ancient History, at Macquarie University, Sydney.
"the book will serve both as an exceptionally useful handbook on the subjects it treats and a stimulus to further thought about the implications of those subjects. It is very welcome on both counts." ( R.S. Bagnall in The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, volume 43, 2006, p.205-209)