Aramaic Inscriptions and Documents of the Roman Period: Textbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions…

Hardcover | November 14, 2009

byJohn F. Healey

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In the first centuries AD, although much of the Near East was ruled by Rome, the main local language was Aramaic, and the people who lived inside or on the fringes of the area controlled by the Romans frequently wrote their inscriptions and legal documents in their own local dialects of thislanguage. This book introduces these fascinating early texts to a wider audience, by presenting a representative sample, comprising eighty inscriptions and documents in the following dialects: Nabataean, Jewish, Palmyrene, Syriac, and Hatran. Detailed commentaries on the texts are preceded bychapters on history and culture and on epigraphy and language. The linguistic commentaries will help readers who have a knowledge of Hebrew or Arabic or one of the Aramaic dialects to understand the difficulties involved in interpreting such materials. The translations and more general comments willbe of great interest to classicists and ancient historians.

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In the first centuries AD, although much of the Near East was ruled by Rome, the main local language was Aramaic, and the people who lived inside or on the fringes of the area controlled by the Romans frequently wrote their inscriptions and legal documents in their own local dialects of thislanguage. This book introduces these fascinat...

John F. Healey is Professor of Semitic Studies at the University of Manchester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pagesPublished:November 14, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199252564

ISBN - 13:9780199252565

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Table of Contents

1. Historical and Cultural Introduction2. Epigraphic and Linguistic Introduction3. Nabataean Inscriptions and Papyri4. Jewish (Palestinian) Aramaic Inscriptions and Papyri5. Palmyrene Inscriptions6. Early Syriac (Edessan Aramaic) Inscriptions and Parchments7. Hatran Inscriptions