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

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)

Friday, February 20, 2015

DM Getzel Cohen

Getzel Cohen, professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Cincinnati, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, after a severe illness. He will be sorely missed.
Getzel joined the department of Classics in 1970. He taught ancient and especially Greek history to more than a generation of students. He specialized in the Hellenistic settlements after the conquest of the East by Alexander the Great. He published his major work on this in three volumes between 1995 and 2013 - a lifetime achievement (the second volume covers Egypt). Early in his career he participated in a summer school under the auspices of the American Society of Papyrologists, and he worked up two Oxyrhynchus papyri for publication (XLI 2973 and 2979). He later collaborated with colleagues in Leuven and Warsaw on A Judean-Syrian-Egyptian Conflict of 103-101 B.C. (Brussels 1989).
In 2001 Getzel created the Tytus Visiting Scholars program, which he directed from its inception. About 175 Tytus scholars from around the world, including several papyrologists, have experienced his hospitality in Cincinnati. His interest in other people and his enthusiasm will long be remembered by me, his other colleagues, his students, the Tytus fellows, and everyone he came into contact with.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


(14-19 SETTEMBRE 2015)

Il Centro di Studi Papirologici dell’Università del Salento, Lecce, organizza, dal 14 al 19
settembre 2015, l’Ottavo Corso Libero di Restauro del Papiro. Il Corso si articolerà in una serie di lezioni teoriche ed esercitazioni pratiche su materiale papiraceo. Le lezioni si svolgeranno nell’aula 42 D di Palazzo Parlangeli, via V.M. Stampacchia, 45, Lecce.
Al Corso possono iscriversi tutti coloro che sono variamente interessati alle tematiche
della custodia, del trattamento e del restauro del papiro in epoca antica e moderna. La domanda di ammissione, corredata da un curriculum vitae completo di recapiti telefonici, va presentata entro e non oltre il 20 maggio 2015 al seguente indirizzo: 

Prof. Mario Capasso, Centro di Studi Papirologici dell’Università del Salento, 
Palazzo Parlangeli, via V.M. Stampacchia, 45, 73100
Lecce, tel. +39 0832 294606; oppure via e-mail al seguente indirizzo:
Gli ammessi al Corso dovranno versare la somma di € 250,00 sul seguente conto corrente
bancario intestato al Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici dell’Università del Salento presso il
Monte dei Paschi di Siena – Agenzia nr. 2 (filiale di Piazza S. Oronzo, Lecce): 

c/c 606480.14;
CIN: N; ABI: 01030; CAB: 16002; IBAN: IT 03N0103016 0020 0006 0648041; con la causale “Iscrizione all’VIII Corso Libero di Restauro del Papiro 2015”, entro e non oltre il 6 luglio 2015.
Si prega di inviare alla e-mail mario.capasso@unisalento.it copia della ricevuta di versamento. La partecipazione al Corso Libero di Restauro dà diritto, per gli studenti del Corso di Laurea in Lettere, a 5 CFU. Sarà rilasciato un attestato di partecipazione alla Scuola. Sarà ammesso un numero limitato di partecipanti.
Il Direttore del Corso
Prof. Mario Capasso

Y. Broux, Double Names and Elite Strategy in Roman Egypt

Double Names and Elite Strategy in Roman Egypt
Peeters, Leuven
Studia Hellenistica, 54
Authors:  Broux Y.
Year: 2015
ISBN: 978-90-429-3125-1
Pages: VIII-317 p.
Price: 94 EUR

In this detailed study of double names in Egypt, Yanne Broux explores how the age-old tradition of polyonymy flourished under Roman rule. While in the Ptolemaic period double names were mainly bilingual and were thus connected to the concept of ethnicity, they underwent a significant change starting around the middle of the first century AD and culminating in the third. Broux argues that this shift from Ptolemaic Greek-Egyptian to Roman Greek-Greek double names was the outcome of two structures introduced by the Romans: the strict social hierarchy on the one hand, and the municipalization of the metropoleis, which led to the rise of the local elite, on the other. This resulted in a strong emphasis on Greek identity and descent, and double names lent themselves exceptionally well for this purpose. They bring to the fore the importance that the local elite attached to Greek identity and descent, and, perhaps as a wink to the (forbidden?) tria nomina, provided a means to distinguish their prominent bearers from the rest of the Egyptian population.

from Brice Jones' blog

Review of AM LUIJENDIJK, Forbidden Oracles

Codex Vaticanus images online

P.Monts.Roca 4.59, A new Saying of Jesus

Monday, February 16, 2015

P.J. Parsons, Maeheler, H., Maltomini, F., The Vienna Epigrams Papyrus (G 40611) CPR XXXIII

Aims and Scope

This papyrus (3rd century BC) contains c. 200 incipits (first lines) of Greek epigrams with a numeral at the end of each line that gives the number of lines of the complete epigram; most of them had 4 lines. Of these, only one has been ascribed to a known poet (Asklepiades), but it is by no means clear that all of them were his. Their publication, greatly aided by multispectral photography, is a very welcome addition to Hellenistic poetry.
Corpus Papyrorum Raineri XXXIII

De Gruyter
vii, 153 pages
RRP € [D] 109.95
RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 154.00*
Date of Publication:
March 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

New Karanis Exhibit in Cairo


Journal of Coptic Studies 16 (2014)

ISSN : 1016-5584
E-ISSN : 1783-1512
categories : Oriental Studies, Patristics, Egyptology, Theology

Synopse des témoins coptes de Jonas
BOSSON, Nathalie ... 1-46

Pour une nouvelle histoire de la découverte et de l'état primitif du codex Bruce (1769-1794)
CRÉGHEUR, Eric ... 47-68

Left Behind
A Recent Discovery of Manuscript Fragments in the White Monastery Church
DAVIS, Stephen J., PYKE, Gillian, DAVIDSON, Elizabeth, FARAG, Mary, SCHRIEVER, Daniel, ...69-87

Sept reçus de taxe thébains du VIIIe siècle
DELATTRE, Alain, VANTHIEGHEM, Naïm, 89-102

Trois ostraca coptes de Hambourg
DELATTRE, Alain, VANTHIEGHEM, Naïm ... 103-113

The Use of the Title Apa for the Sender in an Opening Epistolary Formula
EISSA, Maher A., ... 115-124

Negative n- without an as a Late Survival in Coptic Egyptian
FUNK, Wolf-Peter,...125-138

Traditions of Selecting Coptic Patriarchs over Two Millennia
SAAD, Saad Michael, RIEGELS, Nardine Saad, WESTBROOK, Donald A., ...139-153

Circumstantial Vignettes
Reflections on Adnominal, Adverbial, Adnexal: The Coptic 'Circumstantial' Converb
SHISHA-HALEVY, Ariel, ... 155-193

Coptic Scribes and Manuscripts: Dated and Datable Codices from the Monastery of Apa Shenoute I
The Codices Inscribed by Victor, Son of Shenoute (First Half of the 12th Century)
SUCIU, Alin, ... 195-215

Note on the Dating of the British Library Sahidic Fragment of Ps.-Cyriacus of Behnesa's Lament of Mary
SUCIU, Alin, ... 217-218

Koptische Psalmentexte aus der Heidelberger Papyrussammlung
THEIS, Christoffer, ... 219-234

Patterns of Monastic Habitation on the East Bank of the Nile in Middle Egypt
Dayr al-Dik, Dayr Abū Ḥinnis, and al-Shaykh Sa'īd
VAN LOON, Gertrud J.M., DELATTRE, Alain,...235-278

Reviews...279 - 311

Short Notice...313 - 314

BMCR review of P.Oxy. LXXIX

W. B. Henry, P. J. Parsons (ed.), The Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Volume LXXIX, [N° 5183-5218]. Graeco-Roman memoirs, 100.   London:  Egypt exploration society, 2014.  Pp. x, 220; 8 p. of plates.  ISBN 9780856982194.  $170.00.  

Reviewed by William J. Slater, McMaster University (slaterw@mcmaster.ca)
Over 20 scholars have participated in this edition and there is a valuable appendix : "Games competitors and performers in Roman Egypt" by S. Remijsen pp. 190-206. This is a useful idea, because a good portion of the papyri presented here were the subject of a meeting and seminar at the British Academy in June 2012, which focused on papyri that were relevant to games and performances. (This reviewer was present.) Some of the papyri here are of extraordinary interest far beyond the world of sport and festival in antiquity, and will be highlighted.
etc at BMCR

ANNEMARIE LUIJENDIJK, Forbidden Oracles? The Gospel of the Lots of Mary

Forbidden Oracles?
The Gospel of the Lots of Mary

Forbidden Oracles?. The Gospel of the Lots of Mary
2014. XII, 208 pages. STAC 89
ISBN 978-3-16-152859-0
sewn paper € 69.00

In this volume, AnneMarie Luijendijk analyzes a previously unknown text preserved in a fifth- or sixth-century Coptic miniature codex, entitled The Gospel of the Lots of Mary , and places it within the context of practices of and debates about divination in the ancient Mediterranean world. This is the first critical edition and translation of this new text; it is also a project about religious authority and practices.
In the first part of the book, the author investigates the codex, taking into account both its weaving together of biblical allusions and traditional divinatory phrases, its material format as miniature codex with imprints of its use, and mode of operation. The second part consists of the edition of this text, an English translation, and an elaborate textual commentary.
AnneMarie Luijendijk participates in conversations about lived religion and privileged knowledge of the divine or the future. Sortilege—the practice of casting lots to obtain an answer—was widespread in antiquity; it was a method applied in decision-making on all levels of ancient society. As a religious practice, lot divination was also highly contested, as access to these practices and thus to the divine meant control of powers, religiously and socially. The text, replete with biblical phrases but fundamentally materialistic in worldview, disrupts our concepts of what is religious in the ancient world. Luijendijk thus contributes to discussions in the study of religion that question the categories of religion and magic. She also contributes to scholarship on the production and use of books, especially miniature codices.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

K.A. Worp, "Localisation d'un camp de l'armée romaine à Psinabla"