Latin in Egypt

T. V. Evans*

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Abstract

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
Pages516-525
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780191750540
ISBN (Print)9780199571451
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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