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Monday, November 20, 2006

Papyri on US Science Program (NOVA Science Now) Nov. 21

Duke professor will appear on PBS special

SOURCE: Google news, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) website


Friday, November 17, 2006

REVIEW of Kathryn Gutzwiller (ed.), The New Posidippus. A Hellenistic Poetry Book.

Kathryn Gutzwiller (ed.), The New Posidippus. A Hellenistic Poetry Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Pp. 394. ISBN 0-19-926781-2. £50.00.

Reviewed by Antonios Rengakos, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
Word count: 2502 words

"This collective volume includes 14 contributions presented at a 2002 international conference on the "New" Posidippus, i.e. on the 112 epigrams preserved in the recently published P. Mil. Vogl. VIII 309 papyrus, as well as the translation of all the poet's 132 extant epigrams by Frank Nisetich. The papyrus is one of the most important Greek literary finds of the last decades. Unsurprisingly, its publication, in an excellent edition by Guido Bastianini, Claudio Gallazzi and Colin Austin, has already generated a voluminous bibliography. It is worth noting outright that the volume, edited by K. Gutzwiller, is the most rewarding fruit of this crop, offering several highly stimulating and innovative studies. As indicated by the subtitle of the volume (A Hellenistic Poetry Book), they deal with a major issue that has been exercising scholars since the publication of the papyrus, namely the construction of a poetry book not long after the poet's time. The papyrus is dated to the second half of the third century BC, just a few short decades following Posidippus' death. Should its epigrams be viewed as a compilation that may be traced, directly or indirectly, back to the poet himself, or have they been compiled by a more or less skilled and learned editor? The other major and originally much discussed question posited by the papyrus, whether all the poems
should be attributed to Posidippus, i.e. the question of authenticity, is apparently of no major concern to the contributors of the volume. They all subscribe to the communis opinio, which attributes all poems to the Macedonian epigrammatist." more

Contents (from OUP's site)
1. Introduction , Kathryn Gutzwiller
2. The Poems of Posidippus , Frank Nisetich
I. Papyrus Rolls, Readers, and Editors
3. Back from the Dead with Posidippus , Colin Austin
4. The Posidippus Papyrus: Bookroll and Reader , William Johnson
5. The Editor's Toolbox: Strategies for Selection and Presentation in the Milan Epigram Papyrus , Nita Krevans
6. New Old Posidippus and Old New Posidippus: From Occasion to Edition in the `Epigrams' , Dirk Obbink
II. A Book in Sections
7. The Politics and Poetics of Geography in the Milan Posidippus, Section One: In Stones , Peter Bing
8. Cabinet Fit for a Queen: The `Lithika' as Posidippus' Gem Museum , Ann Kuttner
9. Posidippus on Weather Signs and the Tradition of Didactic Poetry , David Sider
10. Posidippus and the Truth in Sculpture , Andrew Stewart
11. The Art of Poetry and the Poetry of Art: The Unity and Poetics of Posidippus' Statue-Poems , Alexander Sens
III. Posidippus in a Ptolemaic Context
12. Battle of the Books , Susan Stephens
13. `Posidippus' at Court: The Contribution of the `Hippika' of P. Mil. Volg. VIII. 309 to the Ideology of Ptolemaic Kingship , Marco Fantuzzi
14. Posidippus, Poet of the Ptolemies , Dorothy J. Thompson
IV. A Hellenistic Book and its Literary Context
15. The Literariness of the Milan Papyrus, or What Difference a Book? , Kathryn Gutzwiller
16. The Search for the Perfect Book: A PS to the New Posidippus , Alessandro Barchiesi


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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Of related interest: D. Durkin - Meisterernst, The Hymns to the Living Soul. Middle Persian and Parthian Texts in the Turfan Collection

Berliner Turfantexte

The Hymns to the Living Soul.
Middle Persian and Parthian Texts in the Turfan Collection.

D. Durkin - Meisterernst (ed.)

XLIV+235 p., +18 plates, 210 x 295 mm, 2006, Paperback
ISBN 978-2-503-52292-0, EUR 75.00


English Text:
"The ‘Hymns to the Living Soul’ presents texts in the Iranian languages Middle Persian and Parthian from the Turfan Collection in Berlin together with two fragments from the Otani Collection in Kyoto and one from St. Petersburg. The texts belong to the Manichaean community in Central Asia of a millennium ago which used Middle Persian and Parthian hymns in its rituals and celebrations. These hymns are predominantly in Parthian. They focus on a key area of Manichaean theology, the imprisonment of the divine principle light in the material world and the need for the Manichaean Chosen Ones to free this light, as they free themselves, in order to send it back to the paradise of light to where the Chosen Ones will eventually follow it. This edition gathers all the relevant published and unpublished texts (lists of hymns, hymns and ‘cantillated’ hymns as well as some possibly related hymns) and presents them in diplomatic edition together with a transcription and translation into English on facing pages. Unlike in previous editions great attention is paid to the formal structure of the hymns. An extensive introduction, notes, a complete glossary and facsimiles of fragments not previously reproduced accompany the edition.
Will interest: Students of Manichaeism; of Central Asian history and cultures; of comparative religion; of Iranian languages and literatures."

Main Subject:
58 - Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies / Non Indo-European langs & lits

Source: Brepols online catalogue, BBAW Turfanforschung site,
its Digitisation Project
and Archive

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Nils Arne Pedersen, Manichaean homilies. The manichaean Coptic papyri in the Chester Beatty library

Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum : Series Coptica

Manichaean Homilies

N. A. Pedersen (Hg.)

260 p., 20 b/w ill., 210 x 297 mm, 2006, Hardback
ISBN 978-2-503-51045-3, EUR 100.00


Main Subject:
218 - Religion & Theology / Ancient & Oriental religions (excl. Judaism & offshoots) / Manichaeism

Source: WorldCat


25th International Congress of Papyrology. Ann Arbor

March 15 Deadline for abstracts and panel proposal

Source: papy-L Nov. 15 2006, second circular.


BMCR review of BAGNALL - CRIBIORE, Women's Letters from Ancient Egypt.

Reviewed by Sarah B. Pomeroy, The City University of New York (SBPom@aol.com)
Word count: 1280 words

"This important collection makes available to students and scholars a vast trove of letters attributed to women that is unparalleled in the ancient world. These documents were written on papyrus and ostraca and appear here in English translation. Ninety-seven pages, nearly a quarter of the book, are devoted to introductory chapters of varying length. These include: Ch. 1 Introduction: This Book and How It Came to Be Written; Ch. 2 Why Women's Letters?; Ch. 3 About the Corpus of Letters; Ch. 4 Late Medieval Letters as Comparative Evidence; Ch. 5 Writing and Sending Letters; Ch. 6 Handwriting; Ch. 7 Language; Ch. 8 Economic and Social Situation; Ch. 9 Household Management and Travel; and Ch. 10 Practical Help in Reading the Letters. The letters follow, 161 pages that are part of Archives and Dossiers and 148 individual letters grouped according to themes such as Work, Religion, and Literacy and Education." more

source: BMCR

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Klaus Maresch und Isabella Andorlini, Das Archiv des Aurelius Ammon, Band 2

Das Archiv des Aurelius Ammon, Band 2, A, Text,
Papyri aus den Sammlungen des Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli"
(Università di Firenze), der Duke University, Durham N.C.,
und der Universität zu Köln
bearbeitet von Klaus Maresch und Isabella Andorlini
(Papyrologica Coloniensia Vol. XXVI/2,A)
Verlag Ferdinand Schoeningh Paderborn, München, Wien, Zürich 2006
XI & 213 Seiten
ISBN 13: 978-3-506-75715-9
ISBN 10: 3-506-75715-6

Preis: Euro 31,90

Das Archiv des Aurelius Ammon, Band 2, B, Photographien,
Papyri aus den Sammlungen des Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli"
(Università di Firenze), der Duke University, Durham N.C.,
und der Universität zu Köln
bearbeitet von Klaus Maresch und Isabella Andorlini
(Papyrologica Coloniensia Vol. XXVI/2,B)
Verlag Ferdinand Schoeningh Paderborn, München, Wien, Zürich 2006
ISBN 13: 978-3-506-75716-6
ISBN 10: 3-506-75716-4

Preis: Euro 16,90

Source: Papy-L Nov. 15


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Herbert VERRETH, The northern Sinai from the 7th century BC till the 7th century AD. A guide to the sources, Leuven, 2006

"This historical topography of the northern Sinai offers a survey of:
- the places mentioned in ancient sources from the 7th century BC till the 7th century AD
- the places attested in the itineraries of the 7th-17th centuries AD
- the archaeological sites known in the area
- other toponyms mentioned in scholarly works and on maps of the 18th-20th centuries AD.

For every ancient place all available sources are collected and analysed, and a synthesis of its topographical and administrative situation is attempted. For every archaeological site a summary is given of the findings. This work is therefore not conceived as a running text, but more as an encyclopaedia, in which every lemma can be read separately. Because of the systematic structure that is more or less identical for every place, users have a rapid access to the specific material they are looking for. The work is meant to be accessible to ancient historians, archaeologists, Egyptologists, biblical and other scholars interested in the northern Sinai. All sources are paraphrased and translated, so the reader does not need to be familiar with Greek, Latin, Egyptian or other eastern languages; in most cases the text in the original language is added for the specialist's sake."



Table of contents 3
Preface 7

Introduction 9

1. Itineraries and descriptions of the northern Sinai
The New Kingdom northern Sinai itinerary 24
Military expeditions in the 7th-1st centuries BC 30
The topographical onomasticon P.Cairo dem. 31169 50
Itineraries and descriptions of the 1st-7th centuries AD 55
Itineraries and descriptions of the 7th-17th centuries AD 75
Descriptions of the northern Sinai coastline in the 10th-16th centuries AD 95
Synoptic chronological tables 98

2. Lake Serbonis, the Kasiotis and the Djifar
Summary 109
Lake Serbonis - Sabkhat Bardawil 110
Kasiotis 146
Djifar 151

3. The area between Raphia and Rinokoloura
Summary 158
Late and Graeco-Roman periods 159
Brook of Egypt - Arza - The sealed harbour of Egypt
Bytl / P3-s3-nfr - Bitylion - Bethaphou – Boutaphios
Arab period 199
el-Barmakia - el-Za'aqa - el-Shadjaratain - el-Ushsh - el-Kharruba - Abi Ishaq
Modern period 215
el-Gora - Twajjel el-Emir - Maqrunat Umm el-Arais - el-Masurah - Krum el-Bahri / Krum Matallat el-Sheikh Zuweid - Tell el-Baqar - Tell Ouashi - Krum Eid ibn Abed - Sadot - Abu Tawilah - Rasm el-Zaizeh - Yamit - The R-sites of the Israeli survey southwest of Rafah - Tell Abu Shennar - Tell Roumelat - Tell el-Aslig - Tell el-Aheimer - R54 - el-Seyaah - Tell Emedian
Sheikh Zuweid - Khasaha - Tell Temilat (Tell Abu Selima) - Tell el-Eqneiyin (Tell Jenein) - Tell Abu Ghanem - Tell el-Sheikh - Minet el-Ahsein - Tell Mahiza' - Tell el-Sitt - Sabkhat el-Sheikh - Dikla
Tell el-Qabr / Bir Gabr Amir - Tell Eziaza - A335 / A346 - (Khirbet Umm) el-Kharruba / Khirbet el-Burdj - Haruvit - The A-sites of the Israeli survey northeast of el-Arish - Lahaemmet - el-Risah - Sibil Ain - el-Barra - Khirbet el-Fath

4. Rinokoloura
Summary 255
Late and Graeco-Roman periods 256
Rinokoloura - Phakidia
Laura - Ariza
Arab and modern periods 309

5. Ostrakine
Summary 350
Graeco-Roman period 351
Arab period 378
el-Adad – el-Warrada - el-Makhlasa
Modern period 389
el-Felusiyat - Barasa el-M'kheizin / Barasa Aicha - el-Khuinat - el-Ratama - Umm el-Shuqafa
el-Zaraniq - Khirba (I) - Ras Straki - Ras el-Abid - Cape Mahatib - Djeziret el-Ghattafa / Djeziret el-Gleikha - Likleykha - el-Mataria

6. Kasion
Summary 413
Late and Graeco-Roman periods 414
Arab period 492
el-Tha'ama - el-Qass - el-Qasr / Deir el-Nasara
Modern period 499
Ras el-Qasrun - Ras el-Burun - el-Qels - Haparsa - Mat Iblis - el-Zugbah

7. The coastal area between Kasion and Pelousion
Summary 512
Graeco-Roman period 513
Pentaschoinon - Aphnaion - Aphthaia / Aphthites - Gerra - Skenai (ektos Gerrous) - Chabriou Charax - Castra Alexandri
Arab period 571
el-Udhaib / Umm el-Arab
Modern period 574
el-Uqsor - Tell el-Rabia - Anb Diab / el-Qels (II) - Mahammediya - el-Kenisa / el-Mallaha / Khirba (II) - Menqa Etman - Djebel Uabra - Abu Galada

8. The inland road south of Sabkhat Bardawil
Summary 589
The area between el-Arish and el-Felusiyat 591
The A-sites of the Israeli survey west of el-Arish - Bir el-Masa'id - el-Deheisha - Sebil - el-Dakar - Zari' - Bir el-Qadi - Abu Hawidat - Themajel Djaber - Abu Mazruh - el-Meidan - Umm el-Ushush - Qabr el-Sa'i - Bousser - Hadjar Bardawil (Sabkhat Bardawil) - Bir el-Gererat - Sabikah - Mahall el-Baraqat
The area between el-Felusiyat and Bir el-Abd 608
Nakhla - Aitwegenai - Bir el-Zubatiyya - Bir el-Mazar - Bir Matta - Bir Kasiba (I) - el-Rodah - Garif el-Gizlan - Umm el-Hasan - el-Sawada - Abu Tilul - el-Amrawiyyah - Lake Huash / Umm el-Girdan / Tabam Umm el-Girdan - Lebrash - Sheradel - Luliya - Dawanir - Umm - Misfaq - Nahal Yam - Madba'a - Arar - Ru'us el-Adrab - el-Breidj - Bir Salamana - el-Mutaileb - el-Baqqara - el-Sadat - Bir el-Ganadil - Sabkhat el-Derwish - Mabrukah - Bir el-Abd
The area between Bir el-Abd and Qatia 637
Djebel Rua - Djebel Akhsum - Nadjah - Abu Sa'dan - Khirba (III) - Bir el-Afein - Subaikhat Nakhlat Ma'n - Hod el-Nahr - el-Nasr - el-Rumiya - el-Kifah - Anfushiya - el-Faydah - Bewasmir - Nadjila - el-Ta'awun - el-Salam - Amm Ugbah - Rab'ah - Djbarah - Oghratina el-Seriri - Qatia - Oqtahia
The area of Qasr Ghet southeast of Qatia 662
Qasr Ghet - Awiti - Autaioi - el-Dheish - el-Farsh - el-Hasua - el-Sadjia - el-M'zahamiya - el-Mahari
The area northwest of Qatia 680
Khirbet el-Mard - el-Ghabai - Djebel Abu Darem - Djebel Aenni - el-Karamah - Bir Abu Hamra - Hod el-Sufia - Rumani - Bir Etmalir - el-Shoada - Bir el-Arais - Djebel Abu Ganid - Bir Abu Diyuk - T267 - el-Bahria
The area southwest of Qatia 688
Bir Nagid - Bir Abu Raml - Tell el-Dab'a - Bir el-Dahaba - Bir el-Nuss - Djebel Chalra - el-Kheit Nagar - el-Rehemi - el-Morzugat - el-Machar - Djebel Marguni - el-Beda - el-Lagia - el-Khasana - el-Uash - el-Shohat - Kheit Sala - Djebel Lissan - el-Djesuha - Tell el-Naga - Tell el-Nisseya - Abu Zedl - Abu Ghendi - Umm Negm - el-Ghurabi - Bir Kasiba (II) - Bir el-Goga - Bir el-Duwaidar - Bir el-Djilbana - el-Aqula
Sites in the area west of Qatia without a specific location 704
Umm el-Ghazlan - Abu Shamla - Kathib Uaset - Abu el-Ghazlan - Umm el-Hera - Abu Rati - Kathib el-Aura - Go el-Ahmar - Ganub Za'u - Djebel el-Ekhz - Mardeit - el-Cana

9. The northwestern Sinai
Summary 708
Late and Graeco-Roman periods 711
Migdol / Magdolos - Tcharou - Sele
Arab and modern periods
The area of the eastern laguna 758
T4 - Tell Kedwa (T21) - Tell el-Heir - Tell Ebeda (T116) - Tell el-Ghaba - Tell el-Mufariq
The area of the western laguna 786
Bir Hedeua - Djebel el-Adam - T78 - Habwa and Tell Habwa - Tell el-Semut - Tell el-Ahmar - Bir el-Burdj - Tell el-Burdj - Habwa I-V
The area of lake Ballah 807
el-Qusair - el-Lawawin - Tell Abu Seifa - el-Qantara
The area south of lake Ballah 826
Hittin / Hatein - Bir Abu Helefy - Bir Chenan - Bir Abu Reida - Ras el-Moyeh - Bir Abu el-Uruq - Bir el-Hoda

10. Pelousion and the Pelousiac plain [partim]
Summary 830
Late and Graeco-Roman periods 832
Sha-amile - Si'nu / Sa'nu - Sin - Senou (Snw) / Sounou (Swnw) - Senos
Stratopeda - Ptolemais in Pelousion - Lychnos - Thylax
Modern period 876
The alleged eastern border canal
Tell el-Musallem - Tell Abiad - Tell el-Luli - Tell Zemurt - Tell of the skull (?) - Tell el-Fadda (west) - Tell el-Gharza


Table of contents 885

Bibliography, maps, illustrations, sources, texts found in situ and orthographic variants for the sites mentioned in the gazetteer
2. Lake Serbonis, the Kasiotis and the Djifar 889
3. The area between Raphia and Rinokoloura 902
4. Rinokoloura 938
5. Ostrakine 961
6. Kasion 981
7. The coastal area between Kasion and Pelousion 1001
8. The inland road south of Sabkhat Bardawil 1021
9. The northwestern Sinai 1086
10. Pelousion and the Pelousiac plain [partim] 1133

Prosopography of the northern Sinai

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Papyri in Memory of P. J. Sijpesteijn, edited by A. J. B. Sirks and K. A. Worp

American Studies in Papyrology 40

Expected to be available in May 2007

Editions of some seventy-five previously unpublished papyri (mostly Greek), twenty-four ostraca, and two late-antique illustrations from textiles. Extensive commentary and photos for all texts, with the requisite indices. A complete bibliography of P.J. Sijpesteijn appears as part of the introductory material. 445p, 65 b/w pls. (American Society of Papyrologists 2006 [sic!])

The correct series title is:
American Studies in Papyrology no. 40

ISBN 0970059108. Hardback. Price US $110.00

TABLE OF PAPYRI As a pdf file here

1. Aristophanes, Acharner 618ff. (H. Harrauer)    1
2. Vocabulary to Homer, Iliad VI 383-519 (P.J. Parsons)    4
3. L’apport de la collection viennoise au chant III de l’Odyssée (P. Mertens)    10
4. Unidentified Christian Text (R.W. Daniel)     19
5. Frammento di commentario tachigrafico (G. Menci)    23
6. Medikament gegen Augenkrankheiten (A. Jördens)    28
7. Exercice d’écriture? (J. Lenaerts)    32
8. Zwei Pergamentfragmente mit Porträts (U. Horak †)    34
9. Per omnia saecula . . . (W. Clarysse)     41
10. Tre frammenti papiracei inediti della collezione dell’Università Cattolica di Milano
(G. Casanova - O. Montevecchi)     47
11. Three Duke University Papyri from Kellis (J.F. Oates † - P. van Minnen)    54
12. Fragments from the Michigan Papyrus Collection (I.J. Poll - E. van Eeten)    65
13. Fragments d’une requête et d’un journal de voyage (G. Nachtergael)    72
14. Petition to a Strategus Concerning Violence and Robbery (A. Bülow-Jacobsen) 77
15. Petition to a Centurion from the NYU Papyrus Collection (M. Peachin)    79
16. Petizione a un beneficiarius (C. Gallazzi)     98
17. Pétition concernant une procédure de recouvrement (H. Melaerts)    101
18. Relazione di un komogrammateus (S. Daris)     109
19. Ein Eid beim Kaiser Tiberius (B. Palme)    111
20. Amtliche Korrespondenz zwischen Dorfschreiber und Eklogistes (F.A.J. Hoogendijk)   128
21. Due documenti dal Cinopolite (G. Bastianini)    140
22. Nomination of ἀπαιτηταὶ ἀννώνης (R. Coles)    147
23. Mahnschreiben des Praeses Arcadiae an die Verwaltung des Neilopolites
(B. Kramer - J. Kramer)    149
24. Trois ordres de libération d’époque arabe (J. Gascou)    161
25. Flüchtlinge und Mönche (H. Maehler)     168
26. Estimate for Capitation Tax of Philadelphia (A.E. Hanson)    172
27. An Interesting Imperial Titulature in a List of Taxpayers (W. Liesker)    185
28. List of Money Payments (J. Whitehorne)    189
29. Compte de fourrage mentionnant des chevaux d’Asturie (H. Cuvigny)    193
30. Registre de pêche (J. Rudhardt † - P. Schubert)    200
31. Deux papyrus grecs de la nécropole de Douch (G. Wagner †) 211
32. Register of Sequestrated Property (B.C. McGing) 216
33. Registro censuario (M. Manfredi)     219
34. Un papyrus de Théodosioupolis en Thébaïde (M. Drew-Bear)    221
35. List of Vouchers from a Byzantine Provincial Office (T. Gagos - J.G. Keenan)    225
36. Griechische Zahlungsliste aus früharabischer Zeit (J. Diethart)    239
37. List of Workmen (J.D. Thomas)     248
38. Ostraka in the British Library (R.S. Bagnall - K.A. Worp)    253
39. Quittungen für Steuern auf Gartenland für die Jahre 182-216 (G. Poethke)    265
40. Steuerquittung aus Philadelphia (C. Römer)     274
41. A Penthemeros Certificate and a List of (Tax?) Payments (C.A. Nelson)    275
42. Neue Penthemeros-Quittungen aus der Beinecke Library (R. Duttenhöfer)    278
43. Testamento (C. Balconi)     287
44. Donatio mortis causa (R.P. Salomons)    293
45. Sale of an Egyptian Woman Enslaved in an Insurrection (L. Koenen)    302
46. Frammenti di un contratto di vendita di schiavi (G. Messeri Savorelli)    323
47. Private Documents (A Receipt and a Contract) (N. Kruit) 327
48. Bank Order (W.M. Brashear †)     331
49. Repayment of Money Loaned to a Son (T. Renner)    334
50. Payment of Salary (A.K. Bowman)     337
51. Ordre de paiement (P. Heilporn)    338
52. Préambule grec d’un document copte (A. Martin)    341
53. Conto (L. Casarico)    343
54. Elenco di utensili di un μάγειρος (S. Russo)    346
55. Elenco di vesti (R. Pintaudi)     353
56. Disposizioni agricole per Theon (I. Andorlini)     355
57. Una lettera privata tolemaica (L. Migliardi-Zingale)    363
58. Frammento di lettera greca (J. O’Callaghan †)    366
59. Due lettere dalla collezione dei Papiri Laurenziani (M. Serena Funghi)    367
60. Zwei Briefe an einen kirchlichen Würdenträger (U. Hagedorn - D. Hagedorn)    373
61. Byzantine Letter from Deir el-Naqlun (T. Derda)    381

Source: Oxbow Books website,
ASP website, WorldCat


Friday, November 03, 2006

S. Torallas Tovar - K.A. Worp, To the Origins of Greek Stenography

To the Origins of Greek Stenography
Sofía Torallas. Klaas A. Worp
Orientalia Montserratensia
Isbn: 84-8415-847-0
2006 - 287 pàg.
Preu: 24 €
Història Antiga

Table of Contents

Prefaci 7

Introduction 11
I. The Montserrat Codex Miscellaneus 15
(Inv. nos. 126-178, 292, 338)
1. Codicological description 16
2. Palaeographical aspects of the codex 22
3. The owner of the codex 23

II. General remarks on the Montserrat word list. 25
1. Description 25
2. Word arrangement within the Montserrat list 26
3. Types of Greek words represented 27
4. Background of the Montserrat list 29
5. The sources of the Montserrat list and the Commentary 33
6. Phonological phenomena 35
7. Hesychiana 45

III. The text of the Montserrat word list 47
IV. Concordance of the Commentary papyri 75
V. Greek Shorthand manual Reconstruction 123
VI. Annotations to the Montserrat word list 165
VII. Index to the Montserrat word list 213

Bibliography 267

Plates 273

Conference at the Universidad de Barcelona

Els camins de la paraula ahir i avui
Els “Papyri Montserratenses-Roca” Jornades en memòria del Dr. Ramon Roca-Puig
Algerri 1906 - Montserrat 2001
Homenatge en el centenari del seu naixement

Source: Papy-L Nov. 3

Bodmer Sale (NT P75= P.Bodmer 14-15)

War of words erupts over sale of ancient texts

"Plans by a Geneva museum to sell two ancient manuscripts for millions of dollars have drawn consternation from scholars around the world.
They fear the sale of the papyri, which date back to the 2nd century, could precipitate the break-up of a unique collection of around 50 texts held by the Bodmer Foundation.

The Bodmer, based in Cologny just outside the city, says it needs to raise money to guarantee the long-term future of its museum, which opened only three years ago.

But around 20 academics from Switzerland and abroad are calling for the sale of two manuscripts – gospels of St John and St Luke – to be halted.

According to Paul Schubert, professor of ancient Greek at Geneva University, the collection to which the texts belong is one of the most extensive and valuable of its kind in the world.

Source: Google News, Rogue Classicism

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic Texts [DAHT]

"The aim of this online database of metadata is to provide information
about all published (and semi-published) texts written in these two
scripts, currently some 13120 items. Data entry is of course a
continuous process, but we hope our current coverage is sufficient for
the tool to be useful.
In a first stage the number of fields shown is rather limited: only
the various editions, present and former whereabouts, writing surface,
type, and date are listed. Even fewer fields (publication, inventory,
material, and language) are searchable, so that the service currently
provided is mainly a converter between inventory and
publication numbers and a tool to find the most recent edition of a
text. This will change in the months to come, when more fields will
become available.

The new tool is fully linked to the online version of the
Demotistische Literaturübersicht (Enchoria) [DL] which we put online
in May. This means that all abbreviations of publications used in the
DAHT can be decoded by clicking on them, which will lead the user
to the corresponding full bibliographic entry as found in the DL. And, the
other way round, for each publication in the DL the related
publication entries in the DAHT metadata database are provided. To
this aim we have supplemented the online DL with many pre-1968 entries
and some more recent publications. The DL can still be consulted at
the following address:


The new database is also a part of Trismegistos [TM], a platform
aiming to surmount barriers of language and discipline
in the study of Late Period Egypt (roughly BC 800 - 800 AD). Called
after the famous epithet of Hermes - Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom
and writing who also played a major role in Greek religion and
philosophy, it brings together a variety of projects dealing with
metadata of published documents, not only in Greek, Latin, and
Egyptian in its various scripts, but also in Aramaic, Carian, and
other languages.
Trismegistos contains some 93000 records.

Currently the following projects and institutions are partners in

Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der griechischen Papyrusurkunden
Ägyptens [HGV]
Papyrus-Editionen (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Institut für Papyrologie, Universität Heidelberg
D. Hagedorn / J. Cowey (Universität Heidelberg)

Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic Texts [DAHT]
Multilingualism and multiculturalism in Graeco-Roman Egypt
Kovalevskaja Preis (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung)
Seminar für Ägyptologie, Universität Köln
M. Depauw (K.U.Leuven / Uni Köln)

Leuven Database of Ancient Books [LDAB]
Onderzoekseenheid Oude Geschiedenis
W. Clarysse (K.U.Leuven)

Banque de données des textes coptes documentaires [Copt]
Centre de Papyrologie et d'Épigraphie grecque (CPEG)
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
A. Delattre (FNRS / ULB)

Trismegistos also includes other sets of metadata for which
collaboration with other partners is forthcoming. For details please
consult the website.

The aim of Trismegistos, coordinated by the project Multilingualism
and Multiculturalism in Graeco-Roman Egypt (Cologne, Mark Depauw) in
cooperation with the Leuven Homepage of Papyrus Collections (Leuven,
Willy Clarysse and Katelijn Vandorpe), is to facilitate cross-cultural
and cross-linguistic research in a number of ways. First, we have
started establishing direct connections between projects. Bilingual
records included in both the HGV and the DAHT will be identified as
such in the two databases, and it will be possible to compare the two
sets of information. The same holds true for semi-literary texts,
magical papyri and school exercises that are found in both the LDAB
and the HGV.
Secondly, texts of any language or script can be sought for in a
central search engine. The number of fields is very limited right now
(again publication and inventory numbers, material and language), but
we plan to expand facilities in the near future. Trismegistos can be
consulted at the following address:


For the MMGRE-team

Mark Depauw
K.U. Leuven / Universität Köln

Disclaimer: http://www.kuleuven.be/cwis/email_disclaimer.htm"

Source Papy-L Nov. 2 2006

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Elena Esposito "Il Fragmentum Grenfellianum (P.Dryton 50). Introduzione, testo critico, traduzione e commento" Pàtron Editore, Bologna 2006

"Questo libro costituisce la rielaborazione della mia tesi di dottorato, discussa a Bologna nel marzo del 2000. Rispetto a essa, però, appare profondamente mutato: la riflessione sul testo, infatti, che mi ha accompagnato, seppur a fasi alterne, nel corso di questi anni è andata sviluppandosi, modificandosi e ampliandosi in parallelo alla mia formazione e inevitabilmente risuona di tutte le voci con cui in questo periodo ho dialogato. In linea, inoltre, con una tendenza sempre più radicata negli studi papirologici e grazie anche alla recente edizione di Katelijn Vandorpe dell'archivio di Dryton - scoperto alla fine del XIX secolo, ma disseminato in diverse collezioni di tutto il mondo - è stato possibile legare il Fragmentum Grenfellianum a un ben preciso contesto storico e sociale, non senza risultati di un certo rilievo soprattutto per ciò che concerne la fruizione di quella parte della letteratura ellenistica esclusa dai canali di circolazione più dotti e/o ufficiali.

Elena Esposito



1. Il papiro
2. Una classificazione problematica
3. Prosodia e metrica
4. Lingua e stile
5. Il teatro 'popolare' ellenistico, il Grenfellianum e il suo pubblico
6. La protagonista: un'etèra?
7. Il Grenfellianum e il 'lamento della donna abbandonata'

1. Trascrizione diplomatica con apparato papirologico
2. Edizione critica




Indice delle parole greche commentate
Indice dei nomi e delle cose notevoli
Indice dei passi discussi
Indice dei papiri"

Reedition of P. Grenf. I. 1 "Alexandrian Erotic Fragment" (P. Lit. Lond.50, P. Dryton 50) LDAB 6867
Source: BMCR,Boks received Oct. 2006, Archaeogate Papirologica, Pàtron Editore (publisher)

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Response by Theokritos Kouremenos, George Parássoglou, and Kyriakos Tsantsanoglou

Response to Janko's review of P.Derveni.