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Syriac Sources

Rigolio, A. (2022) 'Syriac Sources.', in A Companion to the Hellenistic and Roman Near East. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 76-85. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World.


This chapter offers an overview of the Syriac sources available for the study of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East. Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic originally spoken in Edessa and its surrounding region, Osrhoene, which is enclosed by the Euphrates on the West and by one of its tributaries, on the East. Syriac literature, which includes a particularly rich strand of historiographical writing, continued to flourish for more than a millennium, and offers rich and fascinating material for the study of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East. The chapter focuses on Syriac coinage alone: the only known coins with Syriac inscriptions were minted in bronze during the second half of the second century, under the reigns of the kings Wael, Ma‘nu VIII, and Abgar VIII. Among the Syriac sources for the study of the Roman Near East, parchments and papyri occupy a prominent position.

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Date accepted:08 May 2019
Date deposited:14 October 2021
Date of first online publication:21 December 2021
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