ostraca

Potsherds: broken pieces of clay pottery used in the Near East and Egypt for writing brief messages and receipts. Being almost imperishable, many of these have been discovered by archaeologists. A notable discovery, in 1935, included some twenty-five of the ‘Lachish Letters’ to the army commander (Yaosh) who was defending Lachish; they came from a worried Judaean captain (Hoshaiah) when the Babylonians were approaching the city shortly before 587 BCE (Jer. 34:7).

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  • OSTRACA — (Gr. ὄστρακον, plural ὄστρακα), ancient inscribed potsherds. Ostraca were common writing materials in antiquity which were used mainly for writing receipts, temporary records, lists of names, etc., but some letters written on potsherds have also… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ostracă — OSTRÁCĂ, ostrace, s.f. (înv.) Scoică, stridie. ♦ Cochilie sau ciob de lut pe care fiecare cetăţean din vechea Atena scria numele celui socotit periculos, ca să fie îndepărtat temporar din Atica. – Din ngr. óstrakon. Trimis de ana zecheru,… …   Dicționar Român

  • Ostraca — Ostracon Ostracon portant le nom de Thémistocle, vers 490/ 480, Musée de l Agora antique d Athènes Un ostracon (pluriel ostraca), ou dérivé du grec, ostrakon (pluriel ostraka), est un tesson de poterie réutilisé dans l’Antiquité comme support d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • ostraca — os·tra·ca (ŏsʹtrə kə) n. Plural of ostracon. * * * …   Universalium

  • -ostraca — ò·stra·ca conf. var. → ostraco …   Dizionario italiano

  • ostraca —    or ostraka    Plural form of or ostrakon …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • -ostraca — os·tra·ca …   English syllables

  • ostraca — plural of ostracon …   Useful english dictionary

  • -ostraca — ˈästrə̇kə also ˈȯs noun plural combining form Etymology: New Latin, from Greek ostraka (neuter plural of ostrakos, from ostrakon shell) more at oyster : ones having (such) a shell in names of taxa chiefly of crustaceans …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ostraca House — Ostraca of Samaria are Sixty four legible ostraca which were found in Samaria. These are written in early Hebrew characters, which very closely resemble those of the Siloam Inscription, but show a slight development of the cursive script. These… …   Wikipedia

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