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L’identification des personnes dans les mondes grecs

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Romain Guicharrousse
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Paulin Ismard
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Matthieu Vallet
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Troisième partie. L’identité en procès

Persuasive identities

An examination of rhetorical self-presentation strategies in Ptolemaic petitions

Gert Baetens

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Introduction

In a 2007 article about the petitions by Ptolemaios son of Glaukias, recluse in the Memphite Sarapeion, Anne-Emmanuelle Veïsse argued that Ptolemaios tries to strengthen the claims and requests which he makes in these documents by stressing various parts of his identity.1 Petitions lent themselves perfectly for such “stratégies identitaires”: they were used to obtain support from the authorities, and as a consequence petitioners had to deliver their story in a convincing way.2 In order to influence their audience, several petitioners emphasised that they belonged to a certain category of people. This paper aims to examine this trend of persuasive self-identification by looking at six major topoi that appear throughout the corpus of Ptolemaic petitions (ca. 900 papyrus documents): gender, orphanhood, old age, physical impairment, poverty and ethnic and territorial outsiderness. Parallels from Roman Egypt will also be discussed, albeit not exhaustively, in order to investi...

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KU Leuven

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