Opificio 12th May 2016

The papyrologist Gabriella Messeri examines the Latin texts on papyrus from Egypt from the Augustan age to the Theodosian age. A great deal of attention is devoted to the pivotal kinds of documents issued by the authorities (pridiana, decrees) or sended by the citizens to the authorities (petitions, birth’s declarations, cretiones). Also the texts in Vulgar Latin and in Greek-Latin are presented, with the specific case of the documents translated from Latin in Greek, such as constitutions, imperial epistulae, prefectorial edicts. The framework thus highlights that the Latin texts, concerning for the main part the Roman army, came largely from the Arsinoite nome and reach a peak in the third century AD.