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A Date Formula With A Flaw

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This chapter talks about a fragment which presents the beginning of a document, in which the date formula is preserved. The papyrus is badly damaged at the fold on the most righthand side, where it is only kept together by few fibres. In this date formula, the scribe has made a mistake in line 4. A possible explanation for this mistake by the scribe may be that he copied the date formula from another document, perhaps a format of imperial titles. Although little is known about the way imperial titulature was officially communicated by Rome to the provinces, or how this titulature was expected to be employed, in Egypt and other provinces, it can be assumed that scribes knew the official imperial titulature as established in Rome.

Keywords: date formula; papyrus; Rome; scribes



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