Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-174) and index.
Informal writing in a public place: the graffiti of Smyrna -- The ubiquity of documents in the Hellenistic East -- Documenting slavery in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt -- Greek and Coptic in late antique Egypt -- Greek and Syriac in the Roman Near East -- Writing on ostraca: a culture of potsherds?
Reinterpreting the silences and blanks of the historical record, the author, a leading papyrologist, argues that ordinary people - from Britain to Egypt to Afghanistan - used writing in their daily lives far more extensively than has been recognized previously.
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