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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

Monday, April 20, 2015

G. Ruffini, The Bishop, The Eparch, and The King: Old Nubian texts from Qasr Ibrim (P. QI4)

The Bishop, The Eparch, and The King: Old Nubian texts from Qasr Ibrim (P. QI4)
(The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplements) by Giovanni Ruffini

Series: The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplements
Hardcover: 350 pages
Publisher: Journal of Juristic Papyrology (November 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 8393842514
ISBN-13: 978-8393842513
Review in BMCR
Giovanni R. Ruffini, The Bishop, the Eparch, and the King: Old Nubian Texts from Qasr Ibrim (P. QI 4). Journal of Juristic Papyrology supplements, 22.   Warsaw:  Journal of Juristic Papyrology, 2014.  Pp. xiv, 367.  ISBN 9788393842513.  $70.00.

Reviewed by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen (vincent@vangervenoei.com)
Giovanni Ruffini here brings us the fourth volume of Old Nubian material from the excavations at Qasr Ibrim, more than twenty years after the first three publications by Plumley and Browne.1 This large volume of previously unpublished material, which also forms the documentary backbone to Ruffini's study Medieval Nubia: A Social and Economic History,2 gathers in it a wide selection of documentary materials including land-sales, letters, a royal decree, and accounts, dating mainly from the twelfth century and providing many new insights into the historical, social, and economical context of the multilingual community of Qasr Ibrim, one of the important centers of medieval Nubian culture.
In his introduction, Ruffini first offers a short background of the Old Nubian Qasr Ibrim material and its publication history. The section “Historical Commentary” builds on the preliminary analyses of the material in Medieval Nubia, pointing out several interesting new insights into the political structure of medieval Nubia and details about its economical and fiscal system such as the first attestation of the gold dinar in Old Nubian (108.113). The organization of the documentary material is made according to genre and origin: texts from Qasr Ibrim Archive 1, mainly containing land-sales written on scrolls found in a jar; texts from Archive 4, which are all letters; and finally—save for a royal decree by King Siti, a bilingual Greek-Old Nubian literary document, presumably by a certain bishop Iōannēs, and two miscellaneous texts—a large remainder of letters and accounts.

etc. at BMCR

North American Papyrology Seminar I

***Preliminary Schedule***
The American Society of Papyrologists Presents
North American Papyrology Seminar I

Friday, May 15, 5:00 PM
Keynote Address:
James Keenan Loyola University, Chicago
Reception following lecture

Saturday, May 16
9:30 AM
David Ratzan (New York University and Sarah Goler (Columbia University)
"Progress Report on the Recent Work of the Ancient Ink Laboratory at Columbia University"

10:45 AM
Isabelle Marthot and Philip Sellew (University of Minnesota)
"The Ancient Lives Project: Training Students in Papyrology While Curating the Texts"
11:45-1:15 PM: break for lunch

1:30 PM
W. Graham Claytor (University of Basel)
"The Papyrus Collection of the University of Basel" 2:00 PM
William A. Johnson (Duke University)
"An Intriguing Ptolemaic Commentary from the Yale Collection"
***15 minute break***

2:45 PM
Micaela Langellotti (University of California, Berkeley)
"A Division of Property from the Grapheion of Tebtunis" 3:15 PM
Michael Zellman-Rohrer (University of California, Berkeley) "An Edition of Two Private Letters in the British Museum"
***15 minute break***

4:00 PM
Lincoln H. Blumell (Brigham Young University)
"Some Unpublished Texts in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology"

4:30 PM
Brendan Haug (University of Michigan)
"Four Greek and Arabic Village Lists from the early Medieval Fayyum"
Travel Information

Monday, March 16, 2015

"Ancient Receipt Proves Egyptian Taxes Were Worse Than Yours"

Live Science (the edition by Brice Jones is forthcoming in BASP) 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I. Gardiner, J. Beduhn, P.Dilley, Mani at the Court of the Persian Kings

Studies on the Chester Beatty Kephalaia Codex

Iain Gardner, University of Sydney,
Jason BeDuhn Northern Arizona University and
Paul Dilley, University of Iowa

In Mani at the Court of the Persian Kings the authors explore evidence arising from their project to edit the Chester Beatty Kephalaia codex. This new text presents Mani at the heart of Sasanian Iran in dialogue with its sages and nobles, acting as a cultural mediator between East and West and interpreter of Christian, Iranian, and Indian traditions. Nine chapters study Mani’s appropriation of the ‘law of Zarades’ and of Iranian epic; suggest a new understanding of his last days; and analyse his formative role in the history of late antique religions.
These interdisciplinary studies advance research in several fields and will be of interest to scholars of Manichaeism, Sasanian Iran, and the development of religions in Late Antiquity.

ISBN13: 9789004234703
E-ISBN: 9789004282629
Publication Date:  November 2014
Copyright Year:  2015
Format:  Hardback
Main Series:
Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies
ISSN: 0929-2470
Volume: 87
Iain Gardner, An Introduction to the Chester Beatty Kephalaia Codex

PART A: Studies on the Manichaean Kephalaia
Paul Dilley, Mani’s Wisdom at the Court of the Persian Kings: The Genre and Context of the Chester Beatty Kephalaia
Jason David BeDuhn, Parallels between Coptic and Iranian Kephalaia: Goundesh and the King of Touran
Iain Gardner, The Final Ten Chapters

PART B: New Sources from the Chester Beatty Codex
Paul Dilley, Also Schrieb Zarathustra? Mani as Interpreter of the ‘Law of Zarades’
Jason David BeDuhn, Iranian Epic in the Chester Beatty Kephalaia
Iain Gardner, Mani’s Last Days.
Map and Table of Place Names

PART C: Manichaeism and the History of Religions
Paul Dilley, ‘Hell Exists, and We have Seen the Place Where It Is’: Rapture and Religious Competition in Sasanian Iran
Jason David BeDuhn, Mani and the Crystallization of the Concept of ‘Religion’ in Third Century Iran

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Have you ever seen this papyrus before?

A request for Information from Roberta Mazza:

Saturday, March 07, 2015

M. Kaye, Housing Papyri at the University of Michigan

Housing Papyri at the UM Library

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Quaderni di Historia 81 (2015)

Edizioni Dedalo
Numero 81 - gennaio/giugno 2015 Semestrale - ISBN 9788822025814
EDITORIALE di Luciano Canfora
Miracolo a Milano
MARCO CARATOZZOLO, Lo sguardo russo sul Principe di Machiavelli
GERSON SCHADE, Homer’s Grand Narrative and the Heroic Society’s Social Memory
NICOLA CUCUZZA, Intorno alla autenticità del “Disco di Festós”
LUCIANO BOSSINA, Girolamo Vitelli: lode di Pascoli e biasimo di D’Annunzio

LAURENT CALVIÉ, Documents inédits, méconnus ou oubliés sur le voyage à Venise de J.-B.-G. D’Ansse de Villoison et la découverte du Venetus A de l’Iliade
FRANCESCA DE ROBERTIS, Storici greci di età romana su papiro: il caso di Appiano
CLARA TALAMO, I capitoli erodotei su «gli Ioni della Dodeca poli»
GIOVANNA BRUNO SUNSERI, La Sicilia crocevia diplomatico nella Biblioteca diodorea
MANFRED LOSSAU, Zwangsheirat Aigyptisch
SERGIO BRILLANTE, Le orazioni platoniche di Elio Aristide nella Biblioteca di Fozio

ALICE CRISANTI, Il Memoriale di Giuseppe Tucci
NUNZIO BIANCHI, Sulla fortuna settecentesca di Caritone: un altro appunto inedito di Giovanni Lami

LUCIANO MECACCI, La Ghirlanda fiorentina e la morte di Giovanni Gentile (Massimo Mastrogregori)
FRANCESCO BENIGNO, Parole nel tempo. Un lessico per pensare la storia (Manfredi Mannato)
GIOVANNI SALANITRO, Scritti di filologia greca e latina (Valentina Sineri)

Rassegna bibliografica

ANDREA ESPOSITO, I dipinti di Manuel Panselinos e i disegni sul recto del ‘Papiro di Artemidoro’

Monday, February 23, 2015

Conference: Aspects of Family Law in the Ancient World

The Department of Greek and Latin at University College London (UCL) is planning to host an international conference on 22-24 April 2015 on aspects of family law in the Ancient World. We are using the term ‘family law’ as a convenient label for the range of legislation by which states seek to regulate the behaviour of ‘families’ and their members, and to define the boundaries between private and public responsibility for such matters. We are operating with a broad conception of the Ancient World, embracing a range of Mediterranean and Near and Middle Eastern cultures from the earliest times to late antiquity (including Egyptian, Old and Neo-Assyrian, New Babylonian, Persian, Ugarit, Alalakh, Greek and Roman).
Confirmed speakers include: Prof. Sophie Démare-Lafont (Paris), Prof. Edward Harris (Durham), Prof. Alberto Maffi (Milan), Prof. Paul Mitchell (UCL), Prof. Karen Radner (UCL), Prof. Lene Rubinstein (RHUL), and Prof. Jakub Urbanik (Warsaw).
Papers (in English, French, German or Italian) will be 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for discussion. They will cover the four broad themes outlined below.
Rights and obligations of kinship: legal obligations of parents (including ‘social parents’ such as guardians or stepparents) on the care and maintenance of children; legal obligations of children to care for elderly parents; extent of the state’s responsibility for the care and protection of vulnerable family members (e.g. widows, orphans, and the elderly); legal obligations for burial and commemorative rites.
Marriage/divorce/adultery: eligibility for marriage; definitions of incest; procedures for a legally valid marriage; laws on dowry and marital property; definitions and legal consequences of adultery; attitudes to monogamy and polygamy, and to concubinage and other informal relationships; legal provision and procedures for divorce.
Bastardy: distinctions between ‘legitimacy’ and ‘illegitimacy’ (bastardy); legal means of controlling or preventing illegitimate births (such as abortion or infanticide); ‘proof’ of legitimacy in cases of dispute; legitimation of children who were born illegitimate; legal relationship (including inheritance rights) between illegitimate children and their parents and other members of the birth family; effect of bastardy on civic status (citizenship, right to marry, right to own property, etc.).
Property and inheritance: definitions of individual versus family property; types of property that could be inherited; entitlement to own and inherit property (including women’s rights); importance of patrilineal succession and male precedence; testamentary freedom; adoption of an heir.
Please feel free to contact us us with queries at this address
Conference programme
Conference Abstracts
Conference booking here
Conference organisers:
Chris Carey (UCL)