What's New in Papyrology

Recent publications of papyri & ostraca 4th BC-8th AD; conferences, lectures etc. from Papy-L and other sources as noted. gregg.schwendner AT wichita.edu

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Papyrological Summer Institute at Stanford, July 2008

Papyrological Institute at Stanford University
1 July- 31 July 2008

In July of 2008, the Department of Classics at Stanford University will host a summer Papyrological Institute for advanced graduate students and junior faculty in Ancient History, Classics, History, Egyptology, Art and Archaeology, as well as other related disciplines. The Papyrological Institute will run through the month of July in the summer of 2008, and will focus on Ptolemaic papyri. In keeping with the goals of previous years, the institute aims to provide participating scholars with a thorough knowledge of and experience with not only Ptolemaic papyri but also with the field of papyrology in general, so that they may employ these skills effectively in conducting their own research. This summer’s Papyrological Institute follows in the series of summer institutes that have been held at Yale (2003), UC Berkeley (2004), Cincinnati (2005), and Columbia (2006) under the sponsorship of the American Society of Papyrologists.

The institute will include a combination of lectures and advanced coursework with first-hand experience working with ancient sources. Students are expected to participate actively in all of the institute’s programs and activities; a full-time commitment is required. In general, mornings will be dedicated to introductory lectures by the three instructors: Professors J. G. Manning (Director, Stanford University), Mark Depauw (Demotic Papyrology, K.U. Leuven, Belgium), and Arthur Verhoogt (Greek Papyrology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). Afternoons will focus largely on advanced coursework, and a selection of unpublished material will be provided for participants to work with. At the end of the week, Fridays will be devoted to pro-seminars and lectures on special topics relating to the documentation of Ptolemaic Egypt.

Admission to the summer Papyrological Institute is by application only; approximately twelve scholars will be selected to participate. Any qualified academic may participate; no prior experience with papyrology is expected. For work with Greek and Demotic papyri, a high degree of competence in Ancient Greek and/or Demotic is essential; however, instruction in Demotic will be provided as part of the course, and those who have no prior experience with it are welcome. Participation in the institute is free of charge; applicants are expected to seek financial support from their home institution to facilitate their participation, but grants may be available to any participants who do not have other means of support. On-campus room and board will be provided for all participants by Stanford University. No credit will be given for the course, and no grades or transcripts will be issued, however those participants completing the institute will receive a certificate from the American Society of Papyrologists.

Application Procedure: The application consists of the completed application form along with current curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation. All materials must be received by 15 February 2008 in order to be considered for admission; notification of decisions will be issued in March. For further information about the summer institute, please contact J.G. Manning at jmanning@stanford.edu.

Send application materials to:

JG Manning
Department of Classics
Stanford University
Building 110
Stanford, CA 94305


Stanford acquires a ‘world-class’ Egyptology library

Stanford has acquired the library of one of the foremost Egyptologists of the 20th century.

The collection of Wolja Erichsen (1890-1966), now at Stanford's Green Library, documents more than 1,500 years of Egyptian history, ranging from about 650 B.C. to about A.D. 1000. It includes Egypt's important transition from paganism to Christianity.

more at Stanford

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Conference in Vienna: Quellen zur byzantinischen Rechtspraxis

Institut für Byzanzforschung (ÖAW)
Kommission für Antike Rechtsgeschichte (ÖAW),
Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altertumskunde,
Papyrologie und Epigraphik [Universität Wien]


Internationales Symposium
Zentrum Mittelalterforschung, Österreichischen Akademie der
Wohllebengasse 12-14, Parterre, 1040 Wien
5.–7. November 2007

Im Mittelpunkt des Symposiums stehen neu entdeckte oder identifizierte Texte zur Rechtspraxis der Byzantiner (Papyri, Palimpseste) – mit Einblick in das Notariat und Kanzleiwesen, soweit es die Papyri betrifft – sowie Fragen zu Paläographie,
„Urkundenform“ und Kopisten aus dem Umfeld der Kanzleien (Kaiserkanzlei, Patri- archatskanzlei, lokale Kanzleien). Behandelt wird ferner die Frage, bis wann aufgrund neuerster papyrologischer Forschungsergebnisse die griechische Sprache in den lokalen Kanzleien nach der arabischen Eroberung verwendet wurde und inwieweit mit ägyptischem Material die dark ages abgedeckt werden können. Zur Frage der Schrift und des „Layouts“ juristischer Texte in der Spätantike und frühbyzantinischen Zeit wird am Ende (Mittwoch, 7. 11., Vormittag) eine Table ronde veranstaltet.

Programm 2


5. 11. (Montag)

Vormittag – Vorsitz: Gerhard THÜR

Peter SOUSTAL (Institut für Byzanzforschung, ÖAW)
Gerhard THÜR (Kommission für Antike Rechtsgeschichte, ÖAW)
Hans TÄUBER (Institut für Antike Geschichte und Altertumskunde,
Papyrologie und Epigraphik, Universität Wien)

Fritz MITTHOF (Wien)
Juristische Fachliteratur auf Papyrus
Bernhard PALME (Wien)
Prozeßprotokolle und Gerichtshöfe

10.30-10.50 Kaffeepause

Claudia KREUZSALER (Wien)
Beurkundung außergerichtlicher Streitbeilegung in den Papyri
Jean-Luc FOURNET (Paris)
Les pétitions des Acta Conciliorum Œcumenicorum comparées à
celles de la documentation papyrologique (Ve-VIe s.)
Diskussion zu den Beiträgen


Nachmittag – Vorsitz: Peter PIELER

Matias BUCHHOLZ (Helsinki)
Zur juristischen Fachsprache in den Petra-Papyri
Programm 3
Sophie KOVARIK (Wien)
Die completio in den Tabellionenurkunden aus Ägypten

15.30-15.50 Kaffeepause

Tonio Sebastian RICHTER (Leipzig)
Privatrechtliche Urkunden in koptischer Sprache als Quellen der
Rechtspraxis Ägyptens im 6. – 8. Jh. n.Chr.
Jean GASCOU (Paris)
Le ronflement injurieux dans l‘Antiquité
Diskussion zu den Beiträgen


6. 11. (Dienstag)

Vormittag – Vorsitz: Otto KRESTEN

Erich LAMBERZ (München)
Überlieferung Akten Nicaenum II in den kanonistischen
Christian GASTGEBER (Wien)
Kaiserliche Schreiben des 9. Jahrhunderts in den Westen

10.30-10.50 Kaffeepause

Spyros TROIANOS (Athen)
Die neue Ausgabe der Novellen Leons VI.
A. J. Boudewijn SIRKS (Oxford)
Handelt Peira 45.11 von einem Erbvertrag?
Diskussion zu den Beiträgen


Programm 4
Nachmittag – Vorsitz: Spyros TROIANOS

Eleftheria PAPAGIANNI (Athen)
Moral und Gesetz in einem Urteil des Patriarchen Matthaios I. über
Bigamie und Fälschung
Peter E. PIELER (Wien)
PRK 89 zu den Folgen eines Eheabschlusses mit einer Minder-

15.30-15.50 Kaffeepause

Andreas SCHMINCK (Frankfurt am Main)
Theodoros Skutariotes als Jurist
Luca PIERALLI (Vatikan)
La professione di fede di Giovanni V Paleologo nel 1369: problemi
editoriali e paleografici e genesi della traduzione di Demetrio
Diskussion zu den Beiträgen


7. 11. (Mittwoch)

Vormittag – Vorsitz: Giuseppe DE GREGORIO

Bernard STOLTE (Groningen) und Jana GRUSKOVÁ (Bratislava)
Zwei neue Basiliken-Handschriften aus dem 11. Jh. in der
Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek
Paläographisch-kodikologische Analyse – Inhaltliche Analyse
Addendum: Der sogenannte Nomocanon Vaticanus
Federico MORELLI (Wien)
Kanzleischrift und Minuskel: Funktion und gegenseitiges Verhältnis

10.30-11.00 Kaffeepause

Programm 5
Table Ronde zur Frage der „Dark ages“ in der Paläographie und
Impulsreferat von Giuseppe DE GREGORIO
Teilnehmer: Giuseppe DE GREGORIO (Leitung), Erich LAMBERZ,
Bernhard PALME, Fritz MITTHOF und Federico MORELLI
Die Symposiumsteilnehmer/innen sind zu Wortspenden

Source: Papy-L

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Berenike 1999/2000

Berenike 1999/2000 : report on the excavations at Berenike, including excavations in Wadi Kalalat and Siket, and the survey of the Mons Smaragdus Region

by Willeke Wendrich and Steven E Sidebotham

Excavations at Berenike, a Greco-Roman harbour on the Egyptian Red Sea coast, have provided extensive evidence for trade with India, South-Arabia and sub-Saharan Africa. The results of the 1999 and 2000 excavations by the joint mission of the University of Delaware, Leiden University and UCLA, have been published in a comprehensive report, with specialists' analyses of different object groups and an overview of evidence for the trade route from the Indian perspective. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs, drawings, plans, and two large fold-out maps of Berenike and Sikait, anciently known as Mons Smaragdus, the emerald/beryl mines of the Roman Empire. 417p, b/w illus (Cotsen Monograph 56, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology 2007).

ISBN-13: 978-1-931745-29-1
ISBN-10: 1-931745-29-3

ISBN-13: 978-1-931745-28-4
ISBN-10: 1-931745-28-5

A corrected text of Prof. Cuvigny's contribution to this volume, "Dipinto rouge dans le pronaos du grand temple rupestre de Sikayt" is available here (courtesy of the author).

Source: Papy-L


Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Greatest Hits of Ancient Garbage

The Greatest Hits of Ancient Garbage, July 29, 2007.
from NYC Public Radio; begins with a short appeal for donations; then about 4 minutes on garbage in NY, then Prof. Obbink.

What can a 1,000 years worth of trash tell us about ancient human behavior? Dirk Obbink, Director of research and professor of papyrology and classics at Oxford, tells us about the "motherload" of 2,000 year old paper found in Oxyrhynchus, Egypt in 1896 by two Oxford graduate students , B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt. A find so big, it’s beyond the scale of one human lifetime to translate it all. Deciphering fragments that look like cornflakes and sentences that break off right before they tell you want you need to know, Obbink and his colleagues find enough secrets to rewrite the past. The “greatest hits of ancient garbage” may just change your mind about Jesus, porn, and what it means to be a hero. It might even convince you to change your tattoo.

» Dirk Obbink: Director of research and professor of papyrology and classics at Oxford.

Source: Technorati search sv "papyrology"

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

K. Vandorpe and W. Clarysse, Archives and Inventories in the Eastern Mediterranean

K. Vandorpe and W. Clarysse, Archives and Inventories in the Eastern Mediterranean (23-24 January 2004), Contactforum Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten, Brussels 2007, 123p.

Price : 25 euro (inclusive port)
Contents :
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Anne Goddeeris, Inventories on cuneiform tablets : their function and context.
Jan Tavernier, The so-called Neo-Assyrian "pharmaceutical inventory" (KADP 36).

David Martinez Y De Preter, Early Egyptian inventory lists : the example of the Abusir papyri.
Ben J.J. Haring, Inventories and administration in the Egyptian New Kingdom.
Mark Depauw, Late Period inventories in Egyptian scripts.
Katelijn Vandorpe, Inventories and private archives in Greco-Roman Egypt.
Willy Clarysse, Inventories in Coptic churches and monasteries.

Ilse Schoep, Linear A archives and inventories.
Carolyn Higbie, The Lindian chronicle and the documentation of sources

Source Papy-L

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Article in ARCHAEOLOGY MAGAZINE on recently excavated papyri from Tebtunis

Gallazzi puts on a pair of white gloves to remove a piece of papyrus from the ground with very thin tweezers. Since 1998, the Italian-French mission has found 7,000 papyri and many inscribed potsherds. This is one of the very few places in Egypt where archaeologists are still unearthing papyrus fragments. And the finds here are startlingly diverse, written in Arabic, Coptic, Greek, Aramaic, and Egyptian demotic, a simplified, cursive form of hieratic writing.

"Many are concerned with administrative procedures, but also include contracts, receipts, inventories, letters, and school exercises, as well as copies of literary works by Homer, Menander, and Euripides," says Gallazzi, who seems to be able to read ancient papyri the way you're reading this article.

more at Archaeology.org

Monday, October 15, 2007


The Petra Papyri III. Eds. A. Arjava, M. Buchholz, T. Gagos, with contributions by R.C. Caldwell, R.W. Daniel, L. Koenen, M. Lehtinen, M. Mikkola, M. Mustonen, T. Purola, E. Salmenkivi, M. Vesterinen, M. Vierros, and plates prepared by T. Szymanski and V. Vahtikari. American Center of Oriental Research Publication 5, Amman 2007. Pp. xxii + 217 + b/w plates LXXXVII. ISBN 978-9957-8543-2-4.

Volume III of the Petra papyri includes 19 new documents, numbered P. Petra III 18-36, ranging chronologically from 539 AD to 593 AD. The volume’s publication precedes P. Petra II, which includes only one large document (P. Petra II 17) and which will follow volume III as soon as possible. Volume III opens with an introduction that includes discussions of the physical format and notarial conventions in the Petra papyri; the calendars used in the Petra papyri; and updated chronological and prosopographical tables. All the texts are documentary and written in Byzantine Greek. Except for four minor texts (P. Petra III 21, 24, 26, 27), each text includes an introduction, Greek transcript with critical apparatus, English translation and commentary. The volume is large format and cloth-bound, and includes 87 b/w plates and indices.


The Petra Papyri III


Preface and Acknowledgments by B. A. Porter (p. vii)
Foreword by A. Arjava, M. Buchholz and T. Gagos (p. ix)

A Selection of Articles and Reports on the Petra Papyri 2002–2007 compiled by M. Buchholz (p. xi)
Bibliography and Abbreviations compiled by T. Purola (p. xiii)
Corrigenda in Volume I by A. Arjava (p. xix)
P. Petra I 11 Addendum by M. Vesterinen (p. xxi)
Map of Byzantine Province of Palaestina Tertia Salutaris (p. xxii)

Physical Format and Notarial Conventions in the Petra Papyri by A. Arjava (p. 1)
Calendars used in the Petra Papyri by M. Buchholz (p. 7)
Updated Synoptic Chronological Table compiled by A. Arjava and M. Lehtinen (p. 13)
Updated Family Tree of Theodoros by A. Arjava and M. Lehtinen (p. 17)

18. Change of a Dowry Agreement by T. Gagos and R. C. Caldwell (p. 19)
19. Request for Transfer of Taxation by T. Gagos, L. Koenen and R. W. Daniel (p. 33)
20. Tax Receipt by T. Gagos, L. Koenen and R. W. Daniel (p. 41)
21. Fragments from the End of a Document (?) by T. Gagos, L. Koenen and R. W. Daniel (p. 45)
22. Renunciation of Claims for Tax Payments by M. Buchholz (p. 47)
23. Request for Transfer of Taxation by T. Gagos, L. Koenen and R. W. Daniel (p. 67)
24. Copy of a Request for Transfer of Taxation by T. Gagos, L. Koenen, R. W. Daniel and M. Lehtinen (p. 75)
25–27. Introduction: Three Documents by T. Gagos and L. Koenen (p. 77)
25. Request for Transfer of Taxation by T. Gagos and L. Koenen (p. 79)
26. Letter by T. Gagos and L. Koenen (p. 89)
27. Letter (?) by T. Gagos and L. Koenen (p. 91)
28. Division of Property by A. Arjava and M. Vesterinen (p. 93)
29. Settlement of a Debt within the Family by A. Arjava and M. Mikkola (p. 103)
30. Division of an Estate by A. Arjava and M. Lehtinen (p. 129)
31. Donation by M. Vierros (p. 149)
32–34. Introduction: Tax Receipts by T. Gagos and R. C. Caldwell (p. 169)
32. Tax Receipt by T. Gagos and R. C. Caldwell (p. 171)
33. Tax Receipt by T. Gagos and R. C. Caldwell (p. 175)
34. Tax Receipt by T. Gagos and R. C. Caldwell (p. 177)
35. Receipt Related to Taxes by A. Arjava, M. Lehtinen and E. Salmenkivi (p. 179)
36. Draft of a Division of Property by M. Buchholz and M. Mustonen (p. 185)

Index by T. Purola (p. 201)
Introduction to the Plates by A. Arjava and M. Buchholz (p. 217)
Plates prepared by T. Szymanski and V. Vahtikari
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Price 100 USD (ca. 71 EUR as of October 2007) includes shipping worldwide. To buy both Petra Papyri I and III Combined Special Offer 150 USD (ca. 107 EUR) with shipping. To order please send your request and check written on a US bank in US dollars to either the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) office in Amman or Boston. If you wish to use a VISA credit card instead, please contact the Amman office (acor@go.com.jo) for instructions.

Also available is The Petra Church, Z. T. Fiema, C. Kanellopoulos, T. Waliszewski, R. Schick. Amman: American Center of Oriental Research, 2001. ISBN 9957-8543-0-5. Price 150 USD (ca. 107 EUR) with shipping.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Review of HERMAE (BMCR)

Mario Capasso, Hermae. Scholars and Scholarship in Papyrology.
Pisa: Giardini, 2007. Pp. 399. ISBN 88-427-1442-9. €290.00 (pb).

Reviewed by Jean A. Straus, Université de Liège (jean.straus@ulg.ac.be)
Word count: 1734 words

[Authors and titles are listed at the end of the review.]

On attend depuis longtemps un Who's who in Papyrology. Ce livre ne comble pas l'attente dans la mesure où il est consacré à un nombre trop peu élevé de papyrologues. En revanche, il donne sur plusieurs de ceux-ci des informations beaucoup plus étoffées que celles figurant dans un Who's who.

more at BMCR


Saturday, October 06, 2007

SBL meeting next month: Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds

(search for keyword "papyrology")

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Maggie - GH
David Martinez, University of Chicago, Presiding

Don Barker, Macquarie University-Sydney
How Big and How Old is Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1353? (30 min)

P.Oxy. 1353 is a fragment of a page of 1 Peter from a parchment codex. The ed. princ.(Grenfell and Hunt) misread the page number that appears on the left hand top corner of the back of the page. In the light of a rereading of the page number this paper will explore the length and possible contents of the codex as well as its date and the socio- historical implications it has for early Christianity.

Peter Arzt-Grabner, Universitaet Salzburg
“I Was Intending to Visit You, but …:” Clauses Explaining Delayed Visits and Their Importance in Papyrus Letters and in Paul (30 min)

As many senders of private papyrus letters, also Paul several times emphasizes that he intended to visit his addressees earlier but for some reason could not or did not do so (cf. especially Rom., 1Cor., 2Cor., and 1Thess.). The large number of papyrus letters from Graeco-Roman antiquity, covering clauses that explain such delayed visits, provides us with the opportunity to study such clauses extensively and in detail, also because these letters are much shorter than most of Paul’s letters, and less sophisticated in style and contents, but nevertheless written according to the same principles of communication and letter writing. The first important result of the study is that such clauses are not mere phrases explaining simply that the letter writer could not visit his addressee and nothing else (or, in other words: these clauses are not just philophronetic), but that, in a direct combination with such clauses, the letter writer informs the addressee, more or less clearly, about the original and primary intention of the letter. Sometimes, this intention is to express via a letter exactly what the writer had wished to express on the occasion of a visit. But, there are also examples, where a writer obviously explains something different, and deals with informations, queries or expectations in a way that is different from what she or he would have done when visiting the addressee in person. And sometimes, of course, a letter merely functions to ease the writer’s personal desire for the addressee, or to confirm the ongoing good relationship between both of them. A comparison with the relevant clauses in Paul proves that these results are very well applicable, and that these clauses in Paul provide us with important clues to the primary intentions of some of his letters (i.e. most of all 1Thess., 1 and 2Cor., and Rom.).

Annette Bourland Huizenga, University of Chicago
Advice to the Bride: Moral Exhortation for Young Wives in Two Ancient Letters (30 min)

This paper compares moral exhortation for women in two letters: from the Pythagorean Melissa to Kleareta, and the NT Pastoral Letter to Titus. In Melissa’s letter, an older woman gives advice to a younger woman about wifely decorum. This letter, found in P. Hauniensis II.13, dates to the 3rd century CE. The papyrus is a Koiné version of the Doric text found in twenty-two Renaissance manuscripts. (The Doric text seems to be more original.) The papyrus provides the earliest documentation for the letter’s transmission and its social functions. In Titus, the author gives gender- and age-specific “sound teachings,” paying particular attention to the older women instructing younger women in virtuous behavior (2:3-5, found in the earliest ms. for Titus, P 32, ca. 200). The goal of the teaching evokes a philosophical way of life within a Christian context. I argue that both letters presume a common philosophical-educational process for women, in that: (1) they share literary characteristics of the philosophical letter genre (being pseudepigraphic, paraenetic, and using classical rhetorical stylistic features); (2) they utilize authoritative (and pseudepigraphical) names to reinforce the teaching; (3) older women are thought to be the appropriate teachers of and models for younger women, and (4) the content of women’s instruction is different from that for men, i.e., exemplified in “feminine” topoi. On the other hand, the letters differ in their “theological” basis for virtuous living, which is seen in Titus in the “Christianization” (and especially, “Paulinization”) of the teaching. Also, while the letter of Titus explicitly anticipates an audience of men and women, Melissa’s letter to Kleareta imagines an all-female readership.

Christina M. Kreinecker, Universität Salzburg
Papyrological Commentary on 2 Thessalonians: Outline and First Results (30 min)

One of the next volumes of the Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament will be on 2 Thessalonians. In addition to the analysis of the Greek vocabulary according to its papyrological daily background, use and meaning, it will contain oberservations on pseudepigraphy and comments on the themes of parousia and imminentism . In documentary and also magical papyri we find ideas of a kind of doomsday, or of some pessimism when being confronted with riots, war or insecurity. Thus, the papyrus texts provide us with a clear impression how easily common people could be infected by such pessimism, and that the writer of 2 Thess had a good reason to address it. The presentation gives a short overview of the Commentary and the results of the research thus far.

J Dušek, Les manuscrits araméens du Wadi Daliyeh et la Samarie vers 450-332 av. J.-C.

Jan Dušek, Les manuscrits araméens du Wadi Daliyeh et la Samarie vers 450-332 av. J.-C.
Publication year: 2007
ISBN-13 (i): 978 90 04 16178 8
Cover: Hardback
Number of pages: xxvi, 702 pp. (French), 44 ilus.

List price: € 190.00 / US$ 257.00

This book deals with the manuscripts from the Wadi Daliyeh (Samaria Papyri) written in Aramaic in the fourth century B.C.E. in the city of Samaria, in the last decades of the Persian period. The book contains a complete edition of the Wadi Daliyeh manuscripts, their new historical interpretation, and an analysis of their legal aspects. The historical interpretation sheds new light on the history of Samaria and its institutions in the Persian period, as well as on the history of the Persian province of Judaea. This book is particulary useful for historians of Palestine in the Second Temple period, for biblical scholars, and for scholars dealing with Near Eastern legal texts.

Jan Dušek, Ph.D. (2005) in History and Archaeology of Ancient Worlds, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris/France, works as a researcher in the Centre for Biblical Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Charles University in Prague.

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New DDBDP Link

Integrating Digital Papyrology

A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Advanced Papyrological Information System
Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri
Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der griechischen
Papyrusurkunden Ägyptens

Project Leaders: Roger Bagnall (Columbia University), Deborah Jakubs (Duke
University), Joshua Sosin (Duke University). Co-PIs: Jakubs / Sosin

read the grant proposal here