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year: 1993
isbn: 9780900416590
pages: X-34 p. + XXXIII pl.
Hieratic Ostraca in the Hunterian Museum Glasgow
(The Colin Campbell Ostraca)

This volume presents the twenty-seven limestone and hieratic ostraca collected by the Reverend Colin Campbell in Egypt at the turn of the century and donated by him to the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. All but one come from the New Kingdom community of Deir el-Medina, the exception being a Ptolemaic copy of the Offering of the mnw-vase, hitherto known only from inscriptions. The main group of ostraca contains hymns, magical, literary, administrative, legal and economic texts. Particularly interesting examples include a letter about the inheritance of a group of slaves, and what appears to be record of a son's support for his retired father. Many of these texts are published here for the first time; they are presented in facsimiles and transcriptions, and furnished with full translation and commentary. Indexes of personal names and Egyptian words discussed in the commentary complete the book.