Re: New contribution N2676

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Sat Oct 25 2003 - 13:26:15 CST

At 05:51 PM 10/25/03 +0100, Raymond Mercier wrote:
> Among the new characters in N2676 there is
> This is one of the many signs found in papyri, such as those edited by
>Kenyon. This symbol represents apparently a measure of volume used for
>grain. It appears as a small circle, smaller than omicron, with a long
>overline, much longer than a macron.
> While I have been looking for the various forms of the symbol for zero I
>find in other papyri quite exacty the same character used for 'zero'. I make
>this comparison after studying many photographs of papyri, those provided
>with Kenyon's editions on the one hand, and on the other, Alexander Jones'
>recent volume of horoscopes, Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus.
> The attached image is take from Jones, part of a column of zeroes written
>this way.

This is fascinating information.

However, I'm unclear what you propose.

Should we continue to encode this as ARTABE SIGN and just note the use of
this shape for 'zero' in an annotation?

Should we change it to another name and add the annotation for 'arabe'?

Should we take any other actions?


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