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Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period (Jennifer Cromwell) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198768104
Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period (Jennifer Cromwell) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780198768104
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Title: Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period

Author: Cromwell, Jennifer

Additional Authors or Contributors: Eitan Grossman (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198768104

Volumes: 1; Pages: 416

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Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period deals with the possibility of glimpsing pre-modern and early modern Egyptian scribes, the actual people who produced ancient documents, through the ways in which they organized and wrote those documents. While traditional research has focused on identifying a 'pure' or 'original' text behind the actual manuscripts that have come down to us from pre-modern Egypt, the volume looks instead at variation - different ways of saying the same thing - as a rich source for understanding the complex social and cultural environments in which scribes lived and worked, breaking with the traditional conception of variation in scribal texts as 'free' or indicative of 'corruption'. As such, it presents a novel reconceptualization of scribal variation in pre-modern Egypt from the point of view of contemporary historical sociolinguistics, seeing scribes as agents embedded in particular geographical, temporal, and socio-cultural environments. Introducing to Egyptology concepts such as scribal communities, networks, and repertoires, among others, the authors then apply them to a variety of phenomena, including features of lexicon, grammar, orthography, palaeography, layout, and format. After first presenting this conceptual framework, they demonstrate how it has been applied to better-studied pre-modern societies by drawing upon the well-established domain of scribal variation in pre-modern English, before proceeding to a series of case studies applying these concepts to scribal variation spanning thousands of years, from the languages and writing systems of Pharaonic times, to those of Late Antique and Islamic Egypt.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Contributors

1. Scribes, repertoires, and variation, E. Grossman and J. Cromwell

2. From scribal repertoire to text community: the challenge of variable writing systems, M. Stenroos

3. Set them free?! Investigating spelling and scribal variation in language and history, A. Bergs

4. Linguistic variation in Ancient Egyptian: an introduction to the state of the art (with special attention to the community of Deir el-Medina), S. Polis

5. The scribal repertoire of Amennakhte son of Ipuy: describing variation across Late Egyptian registers, S. Polis

6. Words of thieves, J. Winand

7. Scribal habits at the Tebtunis temple library: on materiality, formal features, and palaeography, K. Ryholt

8. On the regionalisation of Roman-period Egyptian hands, J. F. Quack

9. *k*a*t`*a *t`*o *d*u*v*a*t'*o*v: Demotic-Greek translation in the archive of the Theban choachytes, R. Mairs

10. Scribes in private letter writing: linguistic perspectives, H. Halla-aho

11. Letters from high to low in the Greco-Roman period, W. Clarysse

12. Greek or Coptic? Scribal decisions in 8th century Egypt (Thebes), J. Cromwell

13. Copyist and scribe: two professions for a single man? Palaeographical and linguistic observations on some practices of the Theban region according to Coptic texts from the 7th-8th centuries, A. Boud'hors

14. A scribe, his bag of tricks, what it was for, and where he got it. Scribal registers and techniques in Bodl.Mss.Copt.(P) a.2 & 3, T. S. Richter

15. 'These Two Lines. . .': Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic letter-writing in the Classical Genizah period, E.-M. Wagner and B. Outhwaite

Endmatter

Bibliography

Index

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