Greek Inscriptions on the East Bank


For the first time, this book presents the complete collection of Greek inscriptions of Gebel el-Silsila East – Ancient Egypt’s largest and most important sandstone quarry, including lists of names and professions of individuals involved in the quarry expeditions. The inscriptions are described, illustrated and analysed and placed within their archaeological context based on careful documentation in situ with up-to-date methodology. The work makes substantial contributions in the form of novel and improved readings and interpretations of known texts and of the new publication of texts discovered through the fieldwork. It is the first volume of three dealing with Graeco-Roman inscriptions on the east bank, with the following two volumes to cover the demotic texts and quarry marks respectively.
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Maria Nilsson, Ph.D. (2011), is associate professor in Ancient History at Lund University, Director of the Gebel el-Silsila Project. She has published numerous unique studies on ancient graffiti, rock art and iconography, including The crown of Arsinoë II (Oxbow 2012).

Adrienn Almásy-Martin, Ph.D. (2012), ELTE Budapest and EPHE Paris, is a researcher at the project of Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, University of Oxford. She has published Demotic, Greek and Coptic texts, including articles in the series Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava.

John Ward is research assistant at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University, co-Director of the Gebel el-Silsila Project. He specialises in Ancient Quarrying, including ‘Mallets, Chisels, Sledges and Boats: the Art of Quarrying at Gebel el-Silsila’ (2015)
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1 Introduction
 1 Gebel el-Silsila—the Site
 2 Brief Historical Outline
 3 Research History
 4 Main Objectives
 5 Methodology
 6 Sigla

2 The Material
 1 Introduction
 2 Paleographic Commentary
 3 Onomastic and Prosopographic Commentary
 4 Dates, Professions, and Eeligious Functions
 5 General Commentary on the Chronology
 6 Abbreviations
 7 Singular Alphabetic Letters
 8 Monograms and Ligatures
 9 The Quandary of Literacy
 10 The Graffiti Dialogue

3 The Northern Quarries
 1 Introduction
 2 Quarry 11 (Q11)
 3 Corpus
 4 Quarry 13 (Q13)
 5 The Inscriptions
 6 Corpus
 7 Quarry 14 (Q14)
 8 The Inscriptions
 9 Corpus
 10 Quarry 19 (Q19)
 11 The Inscriptions
 12 Corpus
 13 Rock Art Site 11 (RAS11)
 14 Corpus

4 Q24—Tiberius’ Stables
 1 Introduction
 2 Tiberius’ Stables and Its Administration Building
 3 The Epigraphy
 4 Quarry Face ‘E’
 5 Corpus
 6 Quarry Face ‘TS
 7 Corpus

5 Q34—The Main Quarry
 1 Introduction
 2 Archaeological Overview
 3 The Epigraphy
 4 Contents of Texts
 5 Dedicators
 6 Name Variants and Scribes
 7 Dates, Professions, and Religious Functions
 8 Corpus

6 The Southern Quarries
 1 Introduction
 2 Quarry 35 (Q35—‘the Situla Quarry’)
 3 Corpus
 4 Quarry 37 (Q37—‘the Naos Quarry’)
 5 The Epigraphy
 6 Corpus
 7 Quarry 40 (Q40 and ‘Commemoration Road’)
 8 Corpus

Appendix 1: Quarry Faces Marked with Greek Inscriptions (Nos.)
Appendix 2: Original Photographs
Scholars and researchers of both Egyptologists, Classicists and Ancient Historians interested in Graeco-Roman Egypt or Graeco-Roman epigraphy and graffiti. Through the systematic incorporation of facsimiles, translations, and introductory explanations, it is also aimed at students and interested members of the general public.
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