"Girls Trained in Beautiful Writing": Female Scribes in Roman Antiquity and Early Christianity

  title={"Girls Trained in Beautiful Writing": Female Scribes in Roman Antiquity and Early Christianity},
  author={Kim Haines-Eitzen},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  pages={629 - 646}
  • Kim Haines-Eitzen
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
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