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Cheirographon
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(χειρόγραφον; cheirógraphon), literally ‘handwriting’ (handwritten note). Along with the  syngraphe the most common form of private document in the Egyptian papyri. Entering the Roman world from the 3rd/2nd cents. BC onwards, the cheirographon tends towards the style of the private letter, and is not restricted to any particular type of transaction. Witnesses were a customary feature. The cheirographon would usually be in the hands of the person authorized by it. In the Roman period, the cheirographon could by δημοσίωσις (dēmosíōsis: incorporation in an offi…

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Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Cheirographon”, 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 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e232210>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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