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'Slow writers'—βραδεωσ Γραφοντεσ: What, How Much, and How Did They Write?

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The phrase βραδέως γράφοντες-'slow writers' is often used as a classification of a specific class of people in documentary papyri in order to distinguish them clearly from the literates and the complete illiterates. The term βραδέως γράφωνcan be found many times in non-literary papyri from Graeco-Roman Egypt. The verso of a papyrus from the second century found in Oxyrhynchos carries some parts of Plato's Gorgias. The writing conveys an image of regularity. The letters formed by a learner at school are just written in a transitional phase within his process of acquiring the skills of reading and writing.

Keywords: βραδέως γράφοντες; documentary papyri; Oxyrhynchos; Plato's Gorgias

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