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Ἀρχεῖον (archeîon) is derived from ἀρχή (archḗ; office) and initially designated an office building (Xen. Cyr. 1,2,3; Lys. 9,9), but later also the documents created and collected there (Syll.3 684,7-8; Jos. c. Ap. 1,143); other terms are δημόσιον (dēmósion; IG II2 1,28; Dem. Or. 18,142) and γραμματοφυλάκιον (grammatophylákion; Plut. Arist. 21), in Egypt also βιβλιοθήκη (bibliothḗkē) [1] and γραφεῖον (grapheîon; P Ryland. 65,4, 1st cent. BC). In particular in the ecclesiastical area [2,619-27] archives…

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Vössing, Konrad (Aachen), “Archive”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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