Documenting the cultural and political authority of Rome in Late Antique Egypt
The EU-funded LAREGRE project aims to study all Egyptian documentary papyri that include passages in the Latin language, dating between the 4th and 7th centuries AD. The documents to be studied include all forms of text, ranging from mere characters and words to phrases and scripts. The documents total about 400, and they will be investigated in the larger framework of Late Antique Egypt as well as the Late and the Eastern Roman Empire, hoping to answer a key question: How did the central government use the Latin language in the Egyptian provinces to enhance its power and authority? The employed methodologies will combine papyrological and palaeographical analyses on the manuscripts.
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