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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic Texts [DAHT]

"The aim of this online database of metadata is to provide information
about all published (and semi-published) texts written in these two
scripts, currently some 13120 items. Data entry is of course a
continuous process, but we hope our current coverage is sufficient for
the tool to be useful.
In a first stage the number of fields shown is rather limited: only
the various editions, present and former whereabouts, writing surface,
type, and date are listed. Even fewer fields (publication, inventory,
material, and language) are searchable, so that the service currently
provided is mainly a converter between inventory and
publication numbers and a tool to find the most recent edition of a
text. This will change in the months to come, when more fields will
become available.

The new tool is fully linked to the online version of the
Demotistische Literaturübersicht (Enchoria) [DL] which we put online
in May. This means that all abbreviations of publications used in the
DAHT can be decoded by clicking on them, which will lead the user
to the corresponding full bibliographic entry as found in the DL. And, the
other way round, for each publication in the DL the related
publication entries in the DAHT metadata database are provided. To
this aim we have supplemented the online DL with many pre-1968 entries
and some more recent publications. The DL can still be consulted at
the following address:


The new database is also a part of Trismegistos [TM], a platform
aiming to surmount barriers of language and discipline
in the study of Late Period Egypt (roughly BC 800 - 800 AD). Called
after the famous epithet of Hermes - Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom
and writing who also played a major role in Greek religion and
philosophy, it brings together a variety of projects dealing with
metadata of published documents, not only in Greek, Latin, and
Egyptian in its various scripts, but also in Aramaic, Carian, and
other languages.
Trismegistos contains some 93000 records.

Currently the following projects and institutions are partners in

Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der griechischen Papyrusurkunden
Ägyptens [HGV]
Papyrus-Editionen (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Institut für Papyrologie, Universität Heidelberg
D. Hagedorn / J. Cowey (Universität Heidelberg)

Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic Texts [DAHT]
Multilingualism and multiculturalism in Graeco-Roman Egypt
Kovalevskaja Preis (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung)
Seminar für Ägyptologie, Universität Köln
M. Depauw (K.U.Leuven / Uni Köln)

Leuven Database of Ancient Books [LDAB]
Onderzoekseenheid Oude Geschiedenis
W. Clarysse (K.U.Leuven)

Banque de données des textes coptes documentaires [Copt]
Centre de Papyrologie et d'Épigraphie grecque (CPEG)
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
A. Delattre (FNRS / ULB)

Trismegistos also includes other sets of metadata for which
collaboration with other partners is forthcoming. For details please
consult the website.

The aim of Trismegistos, coordinated by the project Multilingualism
and Multiculturalism in Graeco-Roman Egypt (Cologne, Mark Depauw) in
cooperation with the Leuven Homepage of Papyrus Collections (Leuven,
Willy Clarysse and Katelijn Vandorpe), is to facilitate cross-cultural
and cross-linguistic research in a number of ways. First, we have
started establishing direct connections between projects. Bilingual
records included in both the HGV and the DAHT will be identified as
such in the two databases, and it will be possible to compare the two
sets of information. The same holds true for semi-literary texts,
magical papyri and school exercises that are found in both the LDAB
and the HGV.
Secondly, texts of any language or script can be sought for in a
central search engine. The number of fields is very limited right now
(again publication and inventory numbers, material and language), but
we plan to expand facilities in the near future. Trismegistos can be
consulted at the following address:


For the MMGRE-team

Mark Depauw
K.U. Leuven / Universität Köln

Disclaimer: http://www.kuleuven.be/cwis/email_disclaimer.htm"

Source Papy-L Nov. 2 2006

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