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Friday, February 26, 2010

REVIEW of: Nikos Litinas, Greek Ostraca from Abu Mina (O.AbuMina)

Nikos Litinas, Greek Ostraca from Abu Mina (O.AbuMina). Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 25.   Berlin/New York:  Walter de Gruyter, 2008.  Pp. xi, 335; 35 p. of plates.  ISBN 9783110201185.  $95.00.   

Reviewed by Arthur Verhoogt, University of Michigan (verhoogt@umich.edu)
This book publishes and describes 1446 ostraca that were found during excavations at Abu Mina, that "religious tourist attraction" (P. van Minnen in Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700 Cambridge 2007, p. 207), forty kilometers southwest of Alexandria. Of these 1088 receive full treatment with diplomatic transcription and references to the scribe and form of the document (but no translation), while the remaining 358 ostraca only receive a brief description, most of which were provided by the people who prepared an initial edition of this material, Patrick Robinson and Georgina Fantoni.

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