Latin in Egypt

T. V. Evans*

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This article discusses the function and character of Latin in Roman Egypt. Within the multilingual speech community of Roman Egypt the Latin language played a minor role. Greek was employed by the Romans as a spoken and written lingua franca. As far as we can judge from scattered and heterogeneous remains, the use of Latin was much more limited. Nevertheless, as a language of power and identity it had the potential to appear in many places. Its employment has considerable socio-linguistic significance. In addition, the Egyptian finds provide important information on bilingualism and non-standard varieties of the language.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt
EditorsChristina Riggs
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780191750540
ISBN (Print)9780199571451
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


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