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Biliteracy in Byzantine Egypt : what can we learn from bilingual documentary sources from Aphrodito?
Dioscorus, son of Apollos, from the village of Aphrodito in Middle Egypt, was the central figure of the most important bilingual archive we keep for the Byzantine period. His business papers, correspondence, poems, library, and documents of all kinds cover all aspects of the social, administrative, economic and religious history of this village of Thebaid and give us a unique opportunity to study the Greek-Coptic biliteracy.
After an introduction to this archive, some unpublished Coptic letters will be presented as examples of bilingualism and digraphism in the village of Aphrodito, in order to give the audience a glance at the writing habits of some biliterate 6th century scribes. A survey of the biliteracy of Dioscorus’ family, from his father to his sons, will also give us the chance to look at a unique case of family biliteracy through three generations.