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Les conférences de l’Ifao

Le mercredi 20 février 2019 à 18h00 (heure du Caire), IFAO géolocalisation IFAO

Biliteracy in Byzantine Egypt : what can we learn from bilingual documentary sources from Aphrodito?

Loreleï Vanderheyden

Langue : anglais.

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After an introduction to this archive, some unpublished Coptic letters will be presented as examples of bilingualism and digraphism in the village of Aphrodito, in order to give the audience a glance at the writing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.
1103Loreleï Vanderheyden holds a PhD in Coptic Papyrology from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris) since 2015 and is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the ERC-NOTAE team in Rome. Her doctoral thesis focused on publishing a corpus of written correspondence in Coptic, found in a family archive of the sixth century CE in Middle Egypt. She has been a member of the "Byzantine World" component of UMR 8167 since 2008, and a postdoctoral fellow since 2016. She is the author of articles of papyrology and is particularly interested in paleography, in the history of Byzantine Egypt and in the edition of ancient texts.
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Les conférences de l’Ifao

Les conférences de l'Ifao ont pour objectif la transmission des résultats des recherches en cours ou très récentes, par des chercheurs confirmés. Y sont conviés essentiellement les chercheurs impliqués dans les différentes opérations scientifiques de l'Ifao lors de leur passage par l'Institut. ِElles sont également parfois le lieu de présentation d'ouvrages récemment parus à l'Ifao par  leurs autheurs. Les conférences de l'Ifao ont lieu traditionnellement le mercredi à 18h, en français ou en anglais.

IFAO Lectures series aim to transmit the results of current or very recent research by confirmed researchers. They are mainly animated by researchers involved in IFAO's various scientific programs and projects during their stay at the Institute. They are also sometimes the occasion for presentations, by their authors, of books recently published by the IFAO.

IFAO Lectures series are traditionally held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., in French or English.