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Demotic ostracon with a “temple oath”

This ostracon is part of a collection of over 600 ostraca in Demotic and Greek from the military garrison established by the Ptolemies at Gebelein in the early 2nd century BC to protect Thebes from possible indigenous revolts in Upper Egypt. The ostraca were used for writing down texts relative to every-day issues such as receipts, contracts, letters, and lists. They also include many “temple oaths.” Taking an oath at the temple door was a procedure used in trials to make up for the absence of legally valid documents.

G. 5
Baked clay
13 x 9 cm
124 BCE
Ptolemaic Period
Ptolemy VIII
Gebelein
Schiaparelli excavations (1910)
Sala 12 Vetrina 07
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    Tipo=Atti di congressi SottoTipo=Estratto Autore=Massa, Viviana Titolo=O. Turin G. 5: A new decisory temple oath dealing with divorce issues in the Turin Egyptian Museum Sottotiolo=Donker van Heel, Koenraad, Francisca A. J. Hoogendijk, Cary J. Martin (eds.) In=Hieratic, Demotic and Greek studies and text editions: of making many books there is no end. Festschrift in honour of Sven P. Vleeming Collana= Opera= Luogo=Leiden - Boston Anno=2017 Menzionato=p. 228-232 Illustrazione=
  • Vandorpe, Katelijn, The bilingual family archive of Dryton, his wife Apollonia and their daughter Senmouthis (P. Dryton) (Collectanea Hellenistica), Brussel 2002, p.413
    Tipo=Monografia SottoTipo= Autore=Vandorpe, Katelijn Titolo=The bilingual family archive of Dryton, his wife Apollonia and their daughter Senmouthis (P. Dryton) Sottotiolo= In= Collana=Collectanea Hellenistica Opera= Luogo=Brussel Anno=2002 Menzionato=p.413 Illustrazione=
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