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Demotic ostracon with a “temple oath”

This collection of over 600 ostraca in Demotic and Greek comes 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.

S. 12850 S.12716
Baked clay
6 x 11 cm
98 BCE
Ptolemaic Period
Ptolemy X
Gebelein
Schiaparelli excavations (1910)
Sala 12 Vetrina 07
  • Massa, Viviana, “O. Turin G. 5: A new decisory temple oath dealing with divorce issues in the Turin Egyptian Museum”, in Donker van Heel, Koenraad, Francisca A. J. Hoogendijk, Cary J. Martin (eds.), Hieratic, Demotic and Greek studies and text editions: of making many books there is no end. Festschrift in honour of Sven P. Vleeming, Leiden - Boston 2017, p. 231
    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. 231 Illustrazione=
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