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Latin in Egyptian Documents between Caracalla and Diocletian


Abstract


The third century A.D. is known to be a major historical watershed, including Caracalla's Constitutio Antoniniana (A.D. 212), which extended Roman citizenship to almost all the inhabitants of the Empire, and Diocletian's reforms (A.D. 285-305), which inaugurated Late Antiquity. An overview of Latin and bilingual documentary texts on papyrus, ostraka, and tablets produced in Egypt in this century, and a comparison with evidence from the previous and following ones, will lead to some considerations on the spread and significance of the Latin language in this province.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i99788883051760p550

Keywords: Latin papyri; Egypt; Third century A.D.

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