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Women's Letters from Ancient Egypt, 300 BC-AD 800 (Hardback)
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Women's Letters from Ancient Egypt, 300 BC-AD 800 (Hardback)

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Hardback 338 Pages / Published: 30/12/2006
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This work includes the private letters of ancient women in Egypt, from Alexander the Great to the Arab conquest. When historians study the women of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquity, they are generally dependent on ancient literature written by men. But women did write and dictate themselves. And only in their own private letters can we discover unmediated expression of their authentic experiences. More than three hundred letters written in Greek and Egyptian by women in Egypt between the conquest of Alexander the Great and the early Islamic period survive on papyrus and pottery. This book sets the best-preserved of these letters in their paleaographic, linguistic, social, and economic contexts. ""Women's Letters"" cuts across disciplinary lines and considers sociolinguistic questions about the choice of language in a bilingual society as well as issues relevant to women and gender studies.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472115068
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This valuable collection makes available in English translation all letters written by women in Egypt from the reign of Alexander to the end of the Greco-Coptic period in the late eighth century. In bringing these artifacts to a broader audience in such a clear and conscientious manner, the editors of this work have done a great service."
--Bret Mulligan, The Journal of Hellenic Studies

--Bret Mulligan, Haverford College"The Journal of Hellenic Studies" (01/01/2008)


"This important collection makes available to students and scholars a vast trove of letters attributed to women that is unparalleled in the ancient world. These documents were written on papyrus and ostraca and appear here in English translation . . . For senior scholars to publish a collection like this one is an act of altruism for which all who study women must be grateful."
--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

--Sarah B. Pomeroy"Bryn Mawr Classical Review" (11/19/2006)


"This important collection makes available to students and scholars a vast trove of letters attributed to women that is unparalleled in the ancient world. These documents were written on papyrus and ostraca and appear here in English translation . . . For senior scholars to publish a collection like this one is an act of altruism for which all who study women must be grateful."
--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

--Sarah B. Pomeroy"Bryn Mawr Classical Review" (11/19/2006)

"This valuable collection makes available in English translation all letters written by women in Egypt from the reign of Alexander to the end of the Greco-Coptic period in the late eighth century. In bringing these artifacts to a broader audience in such a clear and conscientious manner, the editors of this work have done a great service."
--Bret Mulligan, The Journal of Hellenic Studies

--Bret Mulligan, Haverford College"The Journal of Hellenic Studies" (01/01/2008)

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