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Ad Fontes—The Benefit Of The Consultation Of Original Manuscripts As For Instance P.Vindob.G 31974

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This chapter is committed to the conviction that a papyrus is a "physical object [which] is also a social artifact" and aims at giving prominence to the benefit of the scrutinizing of an original manuscript by way of P.Vindob.G 31974, part of the famous P.Beatty I, kept in Vienna. It should be sufficient here to focus especially on the writing on the papyrus in its broadest sense, i.e. to conclude from the size of letters, writing conventions (for example, short forms), and the layout of a page (for example, the number of letters per line and lines per page), in order cautiously to tackle socio-historical issues with the help of the recto of P.Vindob.G 31974.

Keywords: manuscript; P.Beatty I; P.Vindob.G; papyrus



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