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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Papers on Papyrological topics at the APA (2014)

 American Society of Papyrologists
Todd Hickey, University of California, Berkeley, Organizer
Columbus Hall EF
This year’s panel highlights the exciting research that typifies papyrology’s “next generation.” An exploration of orality and mem- ory in late Egyptian funerary texts is followed by two papers that refine our understanding of the relationship between State and subject in Roman Egypt, one a case study of priestly negotiations over temple land, the other a foregrounding of communal management of water resources. The elites of Late Antiquity are at the heart of the final two contributions. The first of these illuminates the social contexts of key administrative posts, while the second engages the recently lively debate concerning the nature of Egypt’s “great estates.”
1. Foy Scalf, The University of Chicago
 Composing Demotic Funerary Texts: Textual Criticism, Orality, and Memory in the Demotic Funerary Papyri (20 mins.) 
2. Andrew Connor, University of Cincinnati
 “No One Can Claim the Priestly Land”: P.Tebt. 2.302 and Egyptian Temples under Rome in Context (15 mins.) 
3. Brendan Haug, University of Michigan
Water Scarcity, Local Adaptability, and the Changing Landscape of the Fayyum (20 mins.) 
4. Anna Maria Kaiser, Universität Wien
 Comites rei militaris and duces in Late Antique Egypt (20 mins.) 
5. Ryan McConnell, College of William and Mary
More Land, More Produce, or Higher Taxes? Explaining Revenue Growth on the Apion Estate (15 mins.) 

In Other Panels:
Getting Started with Digital Classics
Organized by the Digital Classics Association (Joint APA/AIA Panel)
Neil Coffee, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Organizer
—5. Ryan Baumann, Hugh Cayless, and Joshua D. Sosin, Duke University After Integrating Digital Papyrology (20 mins.)

The Power of the Written Word: Cross-cultural Comparisons
Richard J. A. Talbert, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Organizer David S. Potter, University of Michigan, Organizer
Columbus Hall CD
—3. Sven Tost, University of Vienna, Austria
Papyrus Letters and Imperial Government in Greco-Roman Egypt (20 mins.)

Women of the Roman Empire
Organized by the American Classical League
Mary C. English, Montclair State University, Organizer Jacqueline Carlon, University of Massachusetts Boston, Organizer
—2. Kelli Thomerson, Independent Scholar
Self-Image of Provincial Women in Roman Britain and Roman Egypt (20 mins.)

The Role of “Performance” in Late Antiquity Organized by the Society for Late Antiquity
Ralph Mathisen, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Organizer
—4. Martin Reznick, New York University
Performance and Petitions: A Game of Justice in Roman Egypt (15 mins.)

Ancient Amulets: Language and Artifact
Megan Nutzman, The University of Chicago, Organizer
The study of ancient amulets resides at the intersection of various traditional disciplines—archaeology, philology, linguistics, and religion. With this interdisciplinary nature in mind, the panel will employ network theory, cognitive linguistics, and recent archaeological discoveries to reassess long-held assumptions about the nature and function of amulets. The panel will also emphasize the hermeneu- tical relationship between the language on amulets, including scriptural citations and divine names, and their physical characteristics as protective objects. Specific case studies from Pergamon, Syria-Palestine, and Egypt will provide a context for discussing previously marginalized evidence and for proposing new methodologies for interpretation.

Kassandra Jackson, The University of Chicago Introduction (5 mins.)
1. Joseph Sanzo, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Use of Biblical Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt: Texts, Functions, and Contexts (20 mins.)
2. Megan Nutzman, The University of Chicago
In Sickness and in Health: Roman and Late Antique Amulets from Syria-Palestine (20 mins.)
3. Walter Shandruck, The University of Chicago
Computational Methods for the Study of Graeco-Egyptian Magical Gems: A Case Study in the Anguipede (20 mins.)
4. Kassandra Jackson, The University of Chicago
Inscribed Neolithic Hand Axes as Amulets in the So-called “Pergamon Magical Kit” (20 mins.)