Conference: An Afternoon with the Apiones: New Evidence from an Aristocratic Large Estate in Late Antiquity
An Afternoon with the Apiones: New Evidence
from an Aristocratic Large Estate in Late Antiquity
Date & Time: Friday 4 September 2015, 2:15–6:30 PM
Place: Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QA; Room: Talbot Hall
Organizers: Amin Benaissa (Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford) and Nikolaos Gonis (Department of Greek and Latin, University College London)
The so-called "Apion archive" is one of the largest groups of papyri recovered from the sands of Egypt: it consists of hundreds of documents relating to a wealthy aristocratic family with a large estate in the Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus. Its members rose from middling managers of imperial estates in the fifth century to holders of some of the highest offices in Constantinople in the sixth century. We do not know of any other Egyptian family with such a high profile on the imperial scene, nor are we informed so well about the estates of any other senatorial family across the empire. The Apion archive has therefore always been at the forefront of discussions of the economy, society, and administration of Late Antiquity, and it has generated no less than five monographs dedicated exclusively or in large part to it in the past 15 years.
This small conference will bring together members of an informal "Apionic network" to discuss new perspectives on the archive and Late Antique Oxyrhynchus in general and to consider new papyrological evidence. Speakers and respondents will include
Giuseppina Azzarello (Udine),
Todd Hickey (Berkeley),
Sophie Kovarik (Vienna),
Roberta Mazza (Manchester),
Margaret Mountford (London), and
Bernhard Palme (Vienna).
The conference will follow a workshop between the participants on unpublished texts.
Attendance of the conference is open to the public and free (including tea & coffee), but advance registration is necessary as space is limited. If you plan to attend, please inform the organisers (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) by 20 August.
The workshop and conference are generously sponsored by the Craven Committee (Thomas Whitcombe Greene Fund; Faculty of Classics, Oxford), the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (Faculty of Classics, Oxford), and the Department of Greek and Latin of University College London.
Nubian studies needs a platform in which the old meets the new, in which archaeological, papyrological, and philological research into Meroitic, Old Nubian, Coptic, Greek, and Arabic sources confront current investigations in modern anthropology and ethnography, Nilo-Saharan linguistics, and critical and theoretical approaches present in postcolonial and African studies.
The journal Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies brings these disparate fields together within the same fold, opening a cross-cultural and diachronic field where divergent approaches meet on common soil. Dotawo gives a common home to the past, present, and future of one of the richest areas of research in African studies. It offers a crossroads where papyrus can meet internet, scribes meet critical thinkers, and the promises of growing nations meet the accomplishments of old kingdoms.
We embrace a powerful alternative to the dominant paradigms of academic publishing. We believe in free access to information. Accordingly, we are proud to collaborate with DigitalCommons@Fairfield, an institutional repository of Fairfield University in Connecticut, USA, and with open-access publishing house punctum books. Thanks to these collaborations, every volume of Dotawo will be available both as a free online pdf and in online bookstores.
Current Volume: Volume 2 (2015)
From the Editors
We are proud to present the second volume of Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies. This journal offers a multi-disciplinary, diachronic view of all aspects of Nubian civilization. It brings to Nubian studies a new approach to scholarly knowledge: an open-access collaboration with DigitalCommons@Fairfield, an institutional repository of Fairfield University in Connecticut, usa, and publishing house punctum books.
The first two volumes of Dotawo have their origins in a Nubian language panel organized by Angelika Jakobi within the Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium held at the University of Cologne, May 22 to 24, 2013. Since many invited participants from Sudan were unable to get visas due to the shutdown of the German Embassy in Khartoum at that time, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation funded the organization of a second venue of specialists on modern Nubian languages. This so-called “Nubian Panel 2” was hosted by the Institute of African & Asian Studies at the University of Khartoum on September 18 and 19, 2013. This volume publishes the proceedings of that panel. We wish to extend our thanks both to the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and to Professor Abdelrahim Hamid Mugaddam, the then director of the Institute of African & Asian Studies, for their generous support.
Future volumes will address three more themes: 1) Nubian women; 2) Nubian place names; 3) and know-how and techniques in ancient Sudan. The calls for papers for the first two volumes may be found on the back of this volume. The third volume is already in preparation with the assistance of Marc Maillot of the Section française de la direction des antiquités du Soudan (sfdas), Department of Archeology. We welcome proposals for additional themed volumes, and invite individual submissions on any topic relevant to Nubian studies.
Under the auspices of the Minerva Stiftung, Bonn and Tel Aviv Universities have embarked on the bold initiative to bring together, for the first time, Egyptologists and Hebraists in an international conference aimed at studying ancient magic in an interdisciplinary perspective.
The EJMA Conference will be a four days forum for scholars to exchange their innovative work in ancient Egyptian and Jewish magic. The focus will be on the historical continuity and change of ancient Egyptian and ancient Jewish magical practices from antiquity to the early middle ages. Particularly, we will study the similarities, the differences, and the points of contact between these two magical traditions, with a strong emphasis on the impact of Pharaonic magic on early medieval (Coptic, Jewish and Islamic) magical practices.
We believe that, by studying two different ancient magical traditions from an historical perspective and with a view to a territorial continuity (in the land of Egypt), we will attain a more accurate and fluid overview of the Egyptian and Jewish magical lore throughout the centuries.
Opening Session and Reception Venue: Egyptian Museum.
Special Exhibition: “Ägyptische Magie neben Kunst und Schrift”
Ludwig D. Morenz, Greetings
Gideon Bohak, Rita Lucarelli, “Methodological Introduction”
06.07.15 Monday (Heussallee 18-24)
“Language, Scripts, Scribes, and Priests”
CHAIR: Jaques van der Vliet
Ludwig D. Morenz, “Magic vs. Heka. Approaches a Terminological Issue”
Alessandro Roccati, “Script(s) and Magic in Ancient Egypt”
Kirsten Dzwiza, “Magical Signs in Ritual Manuals from Egypt – The Greek, Demotic, and Coptic sources”
CHAIR: Alexandra von Lieven
Jacques van der Vliet, “Preserving Power: The Textual Transmission of a Late-Antique Prayer the Virgin Mary”
Joseph Emanuel Sanzo, “Did the Bible Change Magic in Egypt? Continuity and Change in the of Authoritative Traditions for Ritual Power in Egypt during Late Antiquity”
CHAIR: Joachim Friedrich Quack
Alexandra von Lieven, “Joy of Sex and Male Progeny. Two Magic Spells in Funerary Adaptation”
Avigail Manekin Bamberger, “Legal Formulae Ancient Jewish Magic”
Laboratory: Bill Rebiger and Tonio Sebastian Richter, “Hebrew-Coptic Alphabet Charts in Magical Fragments from the Cairo Genizah”
07.07.15 Tuesday (Heussallee 18-24)
CHAIR: Richard Gordon
“Multicultural Influences in Greek Fever Amulets”
Erika Zwierlein-Diehl, “The Snake-Legged God of the Magical Gems: Nature, Egyptian and Jewish Influences, Afterlife”
Franziska Naether, “Lot Oracles in a Graeco-Egyptian-Judaic Tradition”
CHAIR: Alessia Bellusci
Joachim Friedrich Quack, “The Historical Development of Demotic Egyptian Magic”
Bill Rebiger, “How much Egypt is in Sefer Ha-Razim?”
Laboratory: Richard Gordon, “Seminar Discussion on PGrMag IV 930-1114”
Visit to the Collection of Magical Gems at the
Akademisches Kunstmuseum of the University of Bonn
(Guide: Erika Zwierlein-Diehl)
08.07.15 Wednesday (Heussallee 18-24)
“Texts, Objects and Materiality”
CHAIR: Christopher Faraone
Panagiotis Kousolis, “The Materiality of the Egyptian Magical and Popular Beliefs in the Early Iron Age Eastern Mediterranean: Questions on Cultural and Local Adaptations of the Religious Aegyptiaca”
Angelika Berlejung, “Amulets from Ancient Israel/Palestine in the Persian Period”
Árpád Miklós Nagy, “Hós Prokeitai. Magical Gems and Papyri”
CHAIR: Gideon Bohak
Laboratory: Alessia Bellusci, “The Cairo Genizah: Texts and Material Objects”
CHAIR: Angelika Berlejung
Christopher Faraone, “A Copper Plaque in the Louvre
(inv. AD 003732): Amulet or Handbook?”
Jacco Dielemann, “Egyptian and Jewish Textual Amulets in Antiquity”
Laboratory: Gideon Bohak, “Editing a Fifteenth-Century
Manuscript of Jewish Magic”
09.07.15 Thursday (Heussallee 18-24)
“Demons and Gods”
CHAIR: Ida Fröhlich
Laboratory: Kasia Szpakowska, “Experiential Workshop on Classification and Deconstruction of Demonic Entities”
Susanne Beck, “Sāmānu: A Demon goes West”
A digital re-edition born in our seminar 'Editing Ancient Documents in the Digital Age'
'Complete re-edition of P.Got. 54, this is one of a small group of peer-reviewed, born-digital editions of Greek papyri being published to papyri.info.'
This conference is the third meeting of the 'Provinces and Empires: Islamic Egypt in Late Antiquity' network of the French Archeological Institute in Cairo (IFAO).
The conference addresses from different disciplinary and chronological perspectives the political, economic, and cultural networks of which Egypt was part in the late Roman and early Islamic period (c. 500-1000 C.E.). Although often considered as marginal to the history of the Roman, Byzantine or Islamic empires, Egypt played an important role in the maintenance of imperia and in processes of social and cultural transformation. Bringing together an international group of archaeologists, papyrologists, historians, numismatists and philologists, the conference will shed light on Egypt’s role in the fundamental historical changes of this period that led to new political, social and cultural constellations in the region.
How did commercial, diplomatic and military engagement with the world around Egypt effect developments in the province and how did Egypt impact the world around it including the geographically remotely located centers of power? To what extent, in other words, was Egypt integrated in larger imperial structures and trans-regional networks? Another important question therefore will be whether Egypt’s conditions and position was exceptional and whether Egypt’s experience can be used to explain empire wide developments.
•Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University •Faculté des sciences humaines et sociales Université de Tunis •CNRS-UMR 8167 Oriënt et Méditerrannée •Leiden University
Hayat Ahlili - Leiden University
Gideon Avni -Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University
Lajos Berkes - University of Heidelberg
Antoine Borrut - University of Maryland
Sobhi Bouderbala - University of Tunis
Jelle Bruning - Leiden University
Sylvie Denoix - University of Paris I
Janneke de Jong - Leiden University
Hugh Kennedy - University of London
Yaacov Lev - Bar-Ilan University
Bernhard Palme - University of Vienna
Vivien Prigent - CNRS, Paris
Lucian Reinfandt - University of Vienna
Peter Sarris - Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Petra Sijpesteijn - Leiden University
Irene Soto - New York University
Mathieu Tillier - University of Paris-Sorbonne
Joanita Vroom - Leiden University
Khaled Younes - Menoufia University Egypt