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, July 09, 2014

Checklist 2.0:

Checklist of Editions of Greek, Latin, Demotic, and Coptic Papyri, Ostraca, and Tablets
Founding Editors: John F. Oates and William H. Willis 

Message from Josh Sosin 
Colleagues:  I announced some time ago our intention to revive and refactor the Checklist. Please find the first steps in that effort at http://papyri.info/docs/checklist. Eventually the site will be more tightly integrated with the PN/PE. 
 The new instance differs in some ways. Section VII 'Information on Publishers' does not appear; such information is discoverable online, and we aim to embed links to WorldCat records or the like, so that users can locate volumes with relative ease. Section VIII 'List by year of publication' is also omitted. We may later be able to generate this dynamically, if there is strong demand. The appendix of 'Other citations' is likewise omitted here. This information will be integrated with citation information in the PN so that it will be discoverable by simple lookup. The most important difference is that we are now updating it fairly quickly. Special thanks here go to Robert Maxwell of BYU, who has very generously volunteered his time and careful eye. All best, josh --  Associate Professor, Classical Studies, Duke University Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

International Conference: ‘Palladas and the New Papyrus’ UC London, 04 - 05 September 2014

International Conference: ‘Palladas and the New Papyrus’

04 - 05 September 2014
UCL Roberts Building, Lecture Theatre 421 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE
THURSDAY 04/09/14 Arrival and Registration/ Tea and Coffee Welcome: Gesine Manuwald (UCL) Keynote Speech
Tea and Coffee
Session 1: Text and Context - A

Kevin Wilkinson (Toronto)
Is Every Poet a Liar? Poetic Fiction and Historical Fact in the Epigrams of Palladas

Alan Cameron (Columbia)
Palladas and Constantinople

David Klotz (Yale)
‘Triphis, who has suffered much’: the Egyptian temple of Triphis and its tribulations in the Late Roman Period

Public Event: Palladas in Performance
Location: Darwin B40 Lecture Theatre Darwin Building, UCL
Gower Street London WC1E 6BT

Tony Harrison (film)

 Reading Palladas in Translation

Jo Balmer

Palladas: The Other Half Speaks Out

Edith Hall (KCL)
Palladas and his Influence

19.00-19.15: Questions from the audience
Location: UCL Department of Greek and Latin, Room 106
FRIDAY 05/09/14 Tea and Coffee
Session 2: Text and Context - B
Gower Street

London WC1E 6BT

Gianfranco Agosti (Rome)
Metrical inscriptions of the IVth century and P. CtYBR inv 4000: Contextualizing a late antique anthology

11.40 - 12.20 Rodney Ast (Heidelberg)
The New Palladas in Light of Greek Documentary Papyri from Upper Egypt

Luis Arturo Guichard (Salamanca)
Poetic Geographies: the Yale Book of Epigrams in the Context of 3th-4th Century Literature

Session 3: Intra-/Inter-textuality

Alexander Sens (Georgetown)
Palladas and Hellenistic Epigram

Tea and Coffee
Session 4: Iambic and Skoptic
Lucia Floridi (Milan)
Skoptic epigram in P. CtYBR inv.4000

TAS Restaurant
22 Bloomsbury Street

Kathryn Gutzwiller (Cincinnati)
Palladas Sequences in the Greek Anthology and the Yale Papyrus

Maria Kanellou (UCL)
Looking Back in Time: Iambic Echoes

17.20 - 17.30 Closing Remarks

Chris Carey (UCL) & Edith Hall (KCL)

20.00 Conference Dinner:

London WC1B 3QJ

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Papyri published in Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL)

Three New Coptic Papyrus Fragments of 2 Timothy and Titus (P. Mich. inv. 3535b)
Journal Journal of Biblical Literature
Publisher Society of Biblical Literature
ISSN 0021-9231 (Print)
1934-3876 (Online)
Issue Volume 133, Number 2 / Summer 2014
Pages 389-397
Online Date Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Brice C. Jones, Concordia University, 

Montreal, QC H4B 1R6, Canada
This article publishes for the first time the extant remains of a Sahidic Coptic papyrus codex containing portions of 2 Timothy 1-4 and Titus 1. The papyri are currently housed in the Univeristy of Michigan Papyrology Collection. Overlooked for nearly a century, these new papyri extend the manuscript evidence for the Sahidic text of these Deutero-Pauline epistles. The edition includes a transcription, paleographical analysis, commentary, as well as images of the fragment.

S. Brock, L. Van Rompay, Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts and Fragments in the Library of Deir al-Surian, Wadi al-Natrun (Egypt)

Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 227
Catalogue of the Syriac Manuscripts and Fragments in the Library of Deir al-Surian, Wadi al-Natrun (Egypt)
Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 227
Authors:  Brock S., Van Rompay L.

Year: 2014
ISBN: 978-90-429-2962-3
Pages: XXII-834 p.
Price: 105 EURO

Deir al-Surian, the famous Monastery of the Syrians in Egypt, has long been known for its unique collection of Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, and Ethiopic manuscripts. This catalogue provides detailed descriptions of 48 Syriac manuscripts (many of them composite) and the more than 180 fragments that are preserved in the Monastery today. Ranging in date from the 5th to the 18th century and with a majority of them being earlier than the 10th century, the manuscripts present us with major authors and works of the Syriac literary tradition. They include biblical texts (among them the earliest dated Gospel manuscript in any language), original Syriac compositions, and translations from Greek and (occasionally) Coptic. Several works were previously unattested. Connections with manuscripts from Deir al-Surian that are preserved in European collections (primarily the British Library) are indicated wherever relevant. Colophons and various kinds of notes by scribes, readers, owners, and occasional visitors also receive attention, thus allowing interesting glimpses into the history not only of individual manuscripts, but also of the Monastery and its library. Accompanying the catalogue is an album containing more than 300 pages of images.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

T.G. WIlfong, A.W.S. Ferrara, Karanis Revealed: Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt

Karanis Revealed: 
Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egyptedited by T.G. Wilfong and Andrew W.S. Ferrara
200 pages (152 illus.)
Kelsey Museum Publication, 7
Kelsey Museum Publications
Paperback (July 2014)
ISBN-13 9780974187396
ISBN-10 0974187399
Not yet published

The 1924-1935 University of Michigan excavations at the Graeco-Roman period Egyptian village of Karanis yielded thousands of artifacts and extensive archival records of their context. The Karanis material in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library Papyrology Collection forms a unique body of information for understanding life in an agricultural village in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. In 2011 and 2012, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology presented the exhibition Karanis Revealed in two parts, using artifacts from the excavations and archival material to explore aspects of the site and its excavation in the 1920s and 1930s. As preparation for the exhibition progressed, it became clear that part of the story of the Michigan Karanis expedition lay in the current and ongoing research on the material it yielded by curators, faculty, staff, and students from the University of Michigan. Such projects include new work on known artifacts and papyri, the discovery or rediscovery of important unpublished artifacts and archival sources, new field research at Karanis, and even sonic investigations of the site and its history. The present volume summarizes the recent exhibition and presents some of the new research that helped inspire it.


Karanis in the Kelsey Museum Archives (Sebastián Encina)

Notes on Three Archival Sources for the Michigan Karanis Excavations: The Record of Objects Books, the Division Albums, and the Peterson Manuscript (T. G. Wilfong)

J.G. Keenan, J.G.. Manning, U. Yiftach-Firanko edd., Law and Legal Practice in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest

Law and Legal Practice in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest
A Selection of Papyrological Sources in Translation, with Introductions and Commentary
James G. Keenan, Loyola University, Chicago
J. G. Manning, Yale University, Connecticut
Uri Yiftach-Firanko, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Cambridge University Press

SBN: 9780521874526

The study of ancient law has blossomed in recent years. In English alone there have been dozens of studies devoted to classical Greek and Roman law, to the Roman legal codes, and to the legal traditions of the ancient Near East among many other topics. Legal documents written on papyrus began to be published in some abundance by the end of the nineteenth century; but even after substantial publication history, legal papyri have not received due attention from legal historians. This book blends the two usually distinct juristic scholarly traditions, classical and Egyptological, into a coherent presentation of the legal documents from Egypt from the Ptolemaic to the late Byzantine periods, all translated and accompanied by expert commentary. The volume will serve as an introduction to the rich legal sources from Egypt in the later phases of its ancient history as well as a tool to compare legal documents from other cultures.

1. Introduction and historical framework

2. The historical development of the form, content and administration of legal documents

3. The languages of law

4. The family

5. Capital

6. Sale

7. Leases

8. Labor

9. Slavery and dependency in Greco-Roman Egypt

10. The judiciary system in theory and practice.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

R. Mazza, Papyri, Collectors and the Antiquities Market: a Survey and Some questions

Papyri, Collectors and the Antiquities Market: a Survey and Some Questions. Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference, Amelia, Italy, June 27-29, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Conference: 'Institutions in villages in Egypt from the early Roman to the Fatimid period' (UC London)

conference web site

Thursday 3 July
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:45 Micaela Langellotti (London) Introduction
9:45-10:30 Mario C. D. Paganini (Copenhagen) Private associations and village life in early Roman Egypt
10:30-11:15 François Lerouxel (Université Paris-Sorbonne) Private banks in villages of Roman Egypt

11:15-11:45 Tea/Coffee Break

11.45-12:30 Andrea Jördens (Heidelberg) Feste und Feierlichkeiten im Hinterland
12:30-13:15 Roberto Mascellari (Florence) Security, legality and police procedures in Roman Egypt: the role of village officials in the submission of complaints

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:00 Thomas Kruse (Vienna) The organisation of the state farmers and its role in village administration
15:00-15:45 Maria Nowak (Warsaw) Village or town: Does it matter in legal terms?

15:45-16:15 Tea/Coffee Break

16:15-17:00 Silvia Strassi (Padua) Presbyteroi nell'Egitto romano: i casi di Bakchias e Karanis
17:00-17:45 Micaela Langellotti (London) Record-offices in villages in Roman Egypt

18:00-19:30 Drinks reception

Friday 4 July
9:00-9:45 Lajos Berkes (Heidelberg) Fiscal Institution or Local Community? The Village koinon in Late Antiquity (4th–8th centuries)
9:45-10:30 Roberta Mazza (Manchester) Associations (koina) in villages and minor localities of the Apion estate between reality and documentary formulas
10:30-11:15 Gesa Schenke (Oxford) The Monastery of Apa Apollo as Landowner and Employer

11:15-11:45 Tea/Coffee Break

11:45-12:30 Arietta Papacostantinou (Reading) The lashane and the ‘great men’: secular authority in villages of the Umayyad period
12:30-13:15 Yossef Rapoport (London) Tribal institutions in Ayyubid Fayyum (1243 CE)

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:00 Dominic Rathbone (London) Conclusions
15:00-15:30 Discussion

Conference: From Egypt to Manchester: Unravelling the John Rylands Papyrus Collection

The University of Manchester Library
The John Rylands Research Institute

From Egypt to Manchester: Unravelling the John Rylands Papyrus Collection
Convenor: Dr Roberta Mazza, Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, John Rylands Research Institute Research Fellow

Christie Seminar Room, The John Rylands Library, Thursday, 4 – Saturday, 6 September 2014

Welcome and opening of the conference

Marco Perale (Oxford-Liverpool):
The Rylands Hexameter Adespota

Andrea Filoni (Milan):
P. Ryl. 24: an Exegetical Commentary on the Iliad?

Maria Chiara Scapaticcio (Naples-Paris):
Reading, Rereading and Annotating Cicero in the Eastern Roman Empire: towards a New Edition of P.Ryl. III 477

3:30 -4:00
Coffee Break

Roberta Mazza (Manchester):
Unravelling the Rylands Papyri: Results of the Pilot Project

Caroline Checkley-Scott, T. Higson (Manchester):
Yes We Care - but We Can Help You too! The Work of the Collection Care Team in Supporting Papyrus Research

Carol Burrows, Jamie Robinson, Gwen Riley Jones (Manchester):
Imaging the John Rylands Papyri


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5 September, Friday morning
David Ratzan (New York):
"Under Contract" in Roman Egypt: P.Ryl. II 128 in Context

William Mundy (Manchester):
Whose Archive Is It, Anyway? The Rylands Petitions from Euhemeria and the Archephodos Archive

Coffee Break

Hannah Cotton (Jerusalem):
P.Ryl. 608 and 623: The Revolution in the Style of the Latin Letter of Recommendation

James Corke-Webster (Edinburgh):
From Paperwork to Persecution: the Rylands Decian Libelli in Context


Lunch Break
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5 September, Friday afternoon (venue: Historic Reading Room)
AnneMarie Luijendijk (Princeton):
Unravelling the Oldest Septuagint Manuscript (P.Ryl. III 458)

Brent Nongbri (Sydney):
Palaeography, Precision, and Publicity: Some Further Thoughts on P52

Coffee Break

Thomas Kraus (Neumarkt):
Small in Size, but Fabulous Artefacts: P.Ryl. III 463, P.Ryl. I 28 and Late Antique Miniature Books

Todd Hickey (Berkeley):
Grenfell, Kelsey, and the Dealers

Elizabeth Gow (Manchester):
Enriqueta Rylands: Private Collector of a Public Library

5.00- 5.30

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6 September, Saturday morning
Joanne Marie Robinson (Manchester):
'I Have Made You My Wife': Family and Financial Implications of Demotic Marriage Settlements in the John Rylands Library

Luigi Prada (Oxford):
The Group of Early Demotic Servitude Contracts in the John Rylands Collection, or the Misfortunes of Peftuawykhons Son of Heribastet (P.Ryl.Dem. 3–7)

Coffee Break

Foy Scalf (Chicago):
Papyrus Rylands Hieratic 6: A Copy of the First and Second Books of Breathing

Campbell Price (Manchester):
Dedicating a Statue in Saite Egypt: Thoughts on P. Rylands IX 7, 17-19

Jeremy Pope (Williamsburg):
Historicity and Verisimilitude in Papyrus Rylands IX


1:00 – 2:00
Lunch Break
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6 September, Saturday afternoon
Jenny Cromwell (Sydney-Manchester):
Fugitives, Taxes, and Women: The Rylands Contribution to the History of the Monastery of Apa Thomas

Mohamed Ahmed Abdellatif (Mansoura):
The Tax System in Egypt in the Early Islamic Period in the Light of some Arabic Papyri from the John Rylands Papyrus Collection and Other Collections

Nikolaos Gonis (London):
Documents of the Islamic Period at Manchester and Some Sister Pieces

Discussion and Closing over Coffee
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S. Emmel on the Codicology of the of Simulated Gospel of John fr. Associated with the Gospel of Jesus Wife

Guest Post: Stephen Emmel – The Codicology of the New Coptic (Lycopolitan) Gospel of John Fragment (and Its Relevance for Assessing the Genuineness of the Recently Published Coptic “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” Fragment)

Some weeks ago, Christian Askeland discovered a crucial piece of evidence that must now necessarily be the basis for any scientifically founded opinion as to the genuineness of the Coptic papyrus fragment called the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” The new evidence is a second papyrus fragment from the same source, with a part of the Gospel of John in one of the “Lycopolitan” dialects of Coptic. Because the text of the John fragment is known from Herbert Thompson’s 1924 edition of the fourth-century “Qau codex” (a few minor textual variants notwithstanding), and because the John fragment appears to have belonged to a codex leaf, it is possible to calculate hypothetically the approximate reconstructed dimensions of the complete leaf.

etc. at Alin Suciu's blog

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ariel G. Lopez, Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty

Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty Rural Patronage, Religious Conflict, and Monasticism in Late Antique 
University of California Press
Egypt Ariel G. Lopez (Author) 

 Shenoute of Atripe: stern abbot, loquacious preacher, patron of the poor and scourge of pagans in fifth-century Egypt. This book studies his numerous Coptic writings and finds them to be the most important literary source for the study of society, economy and religion in late antique Egypt. The issues and concerns Shenoute grappled with on a daily basis, Ariel Lopez argues, were not local problems, unique to one small corner of the ancient world. Rather, they are crucial to interpreting late antiquity as a historical period—rural patronage, religious intolerance, the Christian care of the poor and the local impact of the late Roman state. His little known writings provide us not only with a rare opportunity to see the life of a holy man as he himself saw it, but also with a privileged window into his world. Lopez brings Shenoute to prominence as witness of and participant in the major transformations of his time. 

Preface Introduction: “Rustic Audacity” 
 1. Loyal Opposition 
 2. A Miraculous Economy 
 3. Rural Patronage: Holy and Unholy 
 4. The Limits of Intolerance Conclusion Appendix 
A: The Chronology of Shenoute’s Life and Activities 
 Appendix B: The Sources List of Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index Hardcover, 254 pages ISBN: 9780520274839 
February 2013 
$75.00, £52.00

PN updates


We write with some PN updates. Mark Depauw recently visited Duke for a few days of intensive work aimed at enhancing TM/PN interoperation. Some of the fruits of this work are now visible.

If you navigate to a text, say, http://papyri.info/ddbdp/p.diosk;;1 , you will find a selection of TM data, including

* Publications
* Inventory number
* Reuse information
* Date
* Language
* Provenance, with link out to TM geo
* Archive, with link out to TM Archives
* Links out to TM People and TM Georef

Information drawn from TM is also searchable, rather simply for now. Examples: (1) You cannot yet limit a search by  the archive of Dioskourides the phrourarchos, but if you search metadata for "Dioskourides phrourarchos" you will find items that TM attributes to the same. (2) Likewise, you cannot yet limit a search by TM provenance data, but if you search metadata for "Herakleopolis" you will find items to which TM assigns that as provenance. (3) The same applies to inventory numbers. If you search for "P. G 4876" you will find P.Phrur.Diosk. And so on. Note: In all cases, you will be searching HGV, APIS, and TM. So, you will find *any* publication in which one of the three resources contains the given string.

We hope before very long to roll out a series of operational enhancements as well, for example search faceting on TM data (as currently supported for HGV and APIS data).

Also, some of you will have noticed that the PN sometimes produces erroneous aggregations of text and metadata. The cause of this problem is the old DDbDP 'dummy headers', which indicate republication information. Once we have aligned all HGV and TM publication information we can deprecate the old DDbDP reprint data, and then add re-direct/autofill assistance for users attempting to navigate to a deprecated edition. This will both fix the aggregation problem and provide better navigation as well as abbreviation resolution.

All of this is possible owing to the excellent work of the TM team (and the careful design of their database) and the DC3's Hugh Cayless and Ryan Baumann. Thanks Mark, Ryan, and Hugh!

josh sosin