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Informal Third Century CE

The partial alphabet below is taken from P.Duk.inv.466 . The moderately cursive hand comes from the ancient Egyptian village of Oxyrhynchus and dates to the 3rd Century CE. When you check the papyrus, you will find the writer saying that he comes "ex Oxurugcho" ("from Oxyrhynchus"). His spelling shows no knowledge of "Y" to translitterate the upsilon in the Greek version of the village name, no "H" to aspirate the rho, and he uses "G" to translitterate the nasal gamma.

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