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English translation: clay shards, or potshards; but "ostraca" is okay, too.

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09:58 Aug 17, 2000
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: óstraca
(something to do with writing)
materiales de origen escolar descubiertos bajo las arenas de Egipto, papiros, óstraca y tablillas
Henry
English translation:clay shards, or potshards; but "ostraca" is okay, too.
Explanation:
According to the web site below, "Many people in the ancient Near East and Egypt used treated skins (or parchment) or papyrus (a kind of paper made from reeds) to write on. Both, however, were expensive, and papyrus was made only in Egypt and had to be imported. Therefore, only really important documents were written on those materials: literary and religious texts, contracts, important letters. For everyday use it became much more common to use writing material that was cheap and plentiful: broken pieces, or shards, of clay jars.

"Today we call those pieces of clay with writing on them" ostraca" (singular, "ostracon." The word comes from the Greek "ostrakon," meaning "shell" or "shard." Most ostraca were written with ink, but some were incised with a sharp instrument. School lessons, short letters, receipts, and other administrative documents were written on these clay shards."

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Heathcliff
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Local time: 01:51
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Thanks a lot! I hope I can be of help to you in the future. Henry
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naclay shards, or potshards; but "ostraca" is okay, too.Heathcliff
napotsherdsAlvin Adams, Jr


  

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21 mins
potsherds


Explanation:
Broken pieces of clay, or potsherds, used as a writing surface.

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    Reference: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp/educational_site/ancient_te...
Alvin Adams, Jr
Local time: 03:51
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 222

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21 mins
clay shards, or potshards; but "ostraca" is okay, too.


Explanation:
According to the web site below, "Many people in the ancient Near East and Egypt used treated skins (or parchment) or papyrus (a kind of paper made from reeds) to write on. Both, however, were expensive, and papyrus was made only in Egypt and had to be imported. Therefore, only really important documents were written on those materials: literary and religious texts, contracts, important letters. For everyday use it became much more common to use writing material that was cheap and plentiful: broken pieces, or shards, of clay jars.

"Today we call those pieces of clay with writing on them" ostraca" (singular, "ostracon." The word comes from the Greek "ostrakon," meaning "shell" or "shard." Most ostraca were written with ink, but some were incised with a sharp instrument. School lessons, short letters, receipts, and other administrative documents were written on these clay shards."

Hope this helps!




    Reference: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp/educational_site/ancient_te...
Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 01:51
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 843
Grading comment
Thanks a lot! I hope I can be of help to you in the future. Henry

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