In the present case study, I will discuss the so-called ‘dossier of Thermouthas’. It currently consists of six private letters, but I will argue in favor of the addition of three more letters to this collection: viz. P.Mich. viii 464 ( tm 17238), P.Col. viii 215 ( tm 17627) and P.Corn. 49 ( tm 25711). My hypothesis is based on both internal arguments (linguistic and content related elements) and external ones (e.g. museum archaeology, onomastics and prosopography). This paper illustrates how idiolectic features and the close linguistic investigation of the letters’ phraseology can help the scholar reunite papyri in their original context. It refines the date of P.Corn. 49 and shows that some of the documents in this collection were preserved as an (archaeological) archive.
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 20, 2015
Keywords: Greek papyrology; Greek linguistics; archives and dossiers; private letters; epistolary formulas; idiolect
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