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

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)

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.