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The Use of Documents in Pharaonic Egypt

Christopher Eyre


This book reconstructs a history of documentary practice in pharaonic Egypt from the early Old Kingdom, when the writing system itself was technically very limited, to the major administrative changes imposed by the colonizing regimes of the Graeco-Roman period. It relates administrative and legal practice to the physical practicalities of the media used for writing, and through the close reading of primary textual sources it examines how different types of document — private and official — were created and used. The conclusions stress the unevenness of documentary usage, and the ways in which ... More

Keywords: ancient Egypt, anthropology of government, bureaucracy, archive, face-to-face, law, literacy, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673896
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Eyre, author
Professor of Egyptology, University of Liverpool