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('subscription, signature').

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I. Ancient legal documents

The 'subscription/signature' (Gk. ὑπογραφή/hypographḗ, Lat. subscriptio.) is an element of ancient documents. From the 2nd cent. BC onwards, private documents on papyrus in Egypt were given a signature (hypographḗ). This probably not only consisted of the mark or full written name, but also contained a brief recapitulation of the most important content of the document, e.g. the admission of owing a certain a…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), Gamillscheg, Ernst and Caldelli, Elisabetta (Cassino), “Subscriptio”, 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 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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