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Sunday, April 29, 2007


Ancient Society

Festschrift Léon Mooren

Volume 36

Selections from the Table of Contents

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A Demotic Lease of Temple Land Reused in the Katochoi Archive (Louvre N 2328A)
Abstract :
The katochoi of the Memphite Serapeum often reused the empty
spaces of demotic contracts for writing private documents such as
accounts, drafts of petitions and even literary texts. One such text is a list
of Macedonian months written in the margin of an old demotic lease of
temple land, dated to 215/214 BC. Three persons sublet to two others a
substantial area of land for which the rent has to be paid to the temple of
the god Horus of Buto. At least two of the persons involved have Greek
names and a third is a «Greek born in Egypt». One of the neighbouring
plots belonged to «the troop of the Greeks in Egypt». These Greeks, like
the katochoi half a century later, were clearly at home in two worlds.

13 - 44 -
Hunger, Not und Macht
Bemerkungen zur herrschenden Gesellshaft im ptolemäischen Ägypten
Abstract :
An den Themen Hunger, Not und Macht können typische
Züge der herrschenden Gesellschaft des ptolemäischen Ägypten aufgezeigt
werden. Zwei Ehrendekrete stehen im Mittelpunkt dieses Aufsatzes:
das Kanopos-Dekret der ägyptischen Priester für Ptolemaios
III. und seine Gemahlin aus dem Jahre 238 v.Chr. (OGIS I 56; Bernand,
Prose I 9) sowie das thebanische Ehrendekret für den Strategos
Kallimachos von ca. 39 v.Chr. (OGIS I 194; Bernand, Prose I 46). In
beiden Fällen entscheiden die einheimischen Priester über Auswahl,
Definition und Belobigung herrschaftlicher Leistungen. Wenngleich
Sprache, Stil und Aufbau der beiden griechischen Texte sich an der
Form hellenistischer Ehrendekrete orientieren, so sind doch wesentliche
Inhalte deutlich durch ägyptischen Kult und Traditionen geprägt.
Daraus lassen sich Schlüsse auf die bemerkenswerte Position der ägyptischen
Priester innerhalb der ptolemäischen Eliten ziehen. Keine
andere hellenistische Monarchie kennt eine vergleichbare Situation.
Die detaillierte Interpretation des Ehrendekrets für Kallimachos führt
im Übrigen zu Ergebnissen, die sich in wichtigen Aspekten von dem
Bild unterscheiden, das ein Großteil der Forschung von der Stellung
dieses Mannes gezeichnet hat.

45 - 49 -
Ptolemaios V. als Harpokrates?
Abstract :
ln der vor wenigen Jahren von Renate Thomas publizierten, in
Privatbesitz befindlichen Statuette ist wahrscheinlich nicht Dionysos/Ptolemaios
IV., sondern Harpokrates/Ptolemaios V. zu sehen. Der antike
Auftraggeber der Statuette scheint in der Zeit um 200 v.Chr. im privaten
Bereich einen Gedanken nachvollzogen zu haben, den die offizielle Propaganda
vorgegeben hatte: Ptolemaios V. als Garant der Prosperität!

175 - 219 -
Kriton, stolarque au service d'Apollonios le diœcète
Abstract :
No less than 47 documents in the Zenon archive mention the
name Kriton. In Clarysse’s standard prosopography 34 are listed as
referring to the so-called stolarches of the dioecetes Apollonios, minister
for economic and financial affairs of Ptolemy II (285/282-246
BC) during the second half of his reign, and one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs
of his time.
The present article focuses on both the meaning of the term stolarches
(which occurs only once in the archive, viz, in P. Cairo Zen. I 59048)
and the manifold tasks, specific profile and individual career of
An exhaustive analysis of the Hellenistic and Roman literary, epigraphical
and papyrological sources seems to confirm the traditional
view that the stolarchia involved a (military or commercial) fleet command,
rather than a control of clothing or responsibility for equipment,
as claimed by more recent interpretations.
As commander of Apollonios’ small flotilla (obviously in charge of the
organization of river — not overseas — transport and communications)
Kriton was one of his most trusted employees as well as perhaps the
closest collaborator of the minister’s secretary (subsequently estate
manager) Zenon, especially in the years 258-256 BC, when Apollonios
and his staff were travelling around in Northern Egypt.
A study of the papyri not belonging to the core dossier of 34 texts leads
to the conclusion that, with the exception of two (PSI V 495 l. 7 and
P. Cairo Zen. III 59462), all the references to Kriton may probably
also be ascribed to the (ex-)stolarches, who, after the accession of
Ptolemy III (246) and the subsequent disappearance of the minister in
245, seems to have established himself (like his friend and former colleague
Zenon had done after his dismissal in 248/247) in the region of
Philadelphia in the Fayum, making a living from his vineyard, his ship
and other business.

221 - 238 -
The Ethics and Economics of Ptolemaic Religious Associations
Abstract :
This paper considers the economic status of the members
in Ptolemaic religious associations and offers a model to explain why
they participated. Drawing on Charles Tilly’s comparative study of
trust networks, I suggest that religious associations institutionalized
informal ethical norms into formal rules that lowered the costs of
transacting and facilitated cooperation among villagers. The rules
related to legal disputes illustrate how associations exercised this
power and even tried to prevent the Ptolemaic state from intruding in
their network.

Source: Petters online Journals


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Progress on the Archimedes Palimpsest

From BBC
Works by mathematician Archimedes and the politician Hyperides had already been found buried within the book, known as the Archimedes Palimpsest.
But now advanced imaging technology has revealed a third text - a commentary on the philosopher Aristotle.
Project director William Noel called it a "sensational find".

The prayer book was written in the 13th Century by a scribe called John Myronas.
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April 25 – 27, 2007

Benjamin Franklin Hall

427 Chestnut Street

Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books
Walters Art Museum , Baltimore , MD
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Rochester Institute of Technology
Infinite Possibilities: Eight Years of Study of the Archimedes Palimpsest

Archimedes Palimpsest homepage

video of a "Google Talk" by Will Noel Roger L. Easton, Jr. Michael B. Toth

ABSTRACT The Archimedes Palimpsest is a 10th Century medieval manuscript that is the subject of an ongoing technical, scientific and conservation effort at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 1999, the multidisciplinary team has been disbinding, conserving, imaging, analyzing, transcribing and studying the 174 parchment folios – yielding approximately 400Gb of data to date. The Palimpsest, which the team affectionately calls “Archie,” includes at least seven treatises by Archimedes: The only copies of two of his Treatises, /The Method/ and /Stomachion/; the only copy in Greek of /On Floating Bodies;/ and copies of the /Equilibrium of Planes/, /Spiral Lines/, /The Measurement of the Circle/, and /Sphere and Cylinder/. It also contains 10 pages of text by the 4th century B.C. Attic Greek orator Hyperides; six folios from a Neo-Platonic philosophical text that has yet to be identified, but may be commentaries on Aristotle; four folios from a liturgical book; and twelve pages from two different books, the text of which has yet to be deciphered. «



D HAGEDORN, WÖRTERLISTEN aus den Registern von Publikationen griechischer und lateinischer dokumentarischer Papyri und Ostraka

aus den Registern
von Publikationen griechischer und lateinischer
dokumentarischer Papyri und Ostraka
die 10. korrigierte und erweiterte Fassung der WoerterListen (einschliesslich des Kontraerindex) zur Benutzung oder zum Download zur Verfuegung. Neu sind seit der letzten Fassung u.a. die Register folgender Publikationen integriert worden:

P.Ammon II
P.Berl. Cohen
SPP III2 1-118
SPP III2 119-238
SPP III2 449-582

Source: Papy=L


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

J.N. Birdsall, Collected papers in Greek and Georgian textual criticism

Contents: Textual criticism and New Testament studies -- A hundred years and more since Westcott and Hort: where have we got to in the textual criticism of the New Testament? -- The Western text in the Second Century -- The New Testament text known to Photius: a reconsideration -- The Bodmer Papyrus of the Gospel of John -- The text of Jude in Þ72 -- A further decipherment of Papyrus G2323 of the Papyrussammlung of the Oesterr. Nationalbibliothek-- The text and scholia of the Codex von der Goltz and its allies, and their bearing upon the text of the works of Origen, especially the Commentary on Romans -- Rational eclecticism and the oldest manuscripts: a comparative study of the Bodmer and the Chester Beatty Papyri of the Gospel of Luke -- Two lectionaries in Birmingham -- The geographical and cultural origin of Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis; a survey of the Status Quaestionis, mainly from the palaeographical standpoint -- A fresh examination of the fragments of the Gospel of St. Luke in MS 0171 and an attempted reconstruction with special reference to the recto -- John x.29 -- Presbytēs in Philemon 9: a study in conjectural emendation -- The Marcosians' text of Jesus' cry of jubilation (Matt. 11.26/ Lk. 10.21) -- The Georgian version of the Book of Revelation -- Diatessaric readings in 'The Martyrdom of St. Abo of Tiflis'? -- Gospel allusions in the Georgian martyrdom of St. Šušanik -- Georgian studies and the New Testament -- The Euthalian material and its Georgian versions -- The Old Syriac Gospels and the Georgian version: the question of relationship -- 'The Martyrdom of St. Eustathius of Mzketha' and the Diatessaron: an investigation -- The sources of the Pepysian Gospel harmony and its links with the Diatessaron Appendix: A complete bibliography of the papers of J.N. Birdsall.

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REVIEW of David Sider, The library of the Villa dei Papiri

Wm. A. Johnson
Journal of Roman archaeology. 19, (2006): 493

Also reviewed in BMCR by Jan P. Stronk.

cover and contents
Gettty bookstore

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REVIEW of Cartonnage Papyri in Context. New Ptolemaic Documents from Abu Sir al-Malaq

A Jordens; E
Gnomon. 78, no. 1, (2006): 36

See Joe Manning's review in BMCR


REVIEW of Kölner Papyri (P. Köln) 9. Band

P Schubert
Gnomon. 78, no. 6, (2006): 554



REVIEW of Bookrolls and Scribes in Oxyrhynchus

Efrosyni Stigka
The Classical world. 100, no. 1, (2006): 67

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U-Toronto Press

See Susan Stephens' Review in BMCR

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The Classical Review, 57, no. 1 (2007): 64-67


Catalogue Published: Zwischen Magie und Wissenschaft

Froschauer, Harald / Römer, Cornelia
Zwischen Magie und Wissenschaft
Ärzte und Heilkunst in den Papyri aus Ägypten
Nilus 13
140 S., zahlr. S/W-Abbildungen im Text, 7 Farbtafeln (2007)
ISBN: 978-3-901232-81-7
Preis: 29,00 EUR
See the description of the exhibition, Wednesday, March 28, 2007 entry
Source: Worldcat


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Review of City of the Sharp Nosed Fishes in the NEW STATESMAN

Unearthing history

William Dalrymple

City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish: Greek lives in Roman Egypt
Peter Parsons
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 320pp, £25
ISBN 0297645889

Archaeology is a notoriously slow and painstaking science: months of careful brushing and trowelling often yield little more than a few pieces of bone, the odd rusty coin and a pile of discarded pottery. Few excavations get off to the sort of start achieved by two Oxford archaeologists, B P Grenfell and A S Hunt, when they sailed down the Nile in 1896 in search of papyrus.

Papyrus was a material up to then largely ignored by Victorian scholars, who had tended to concentrate their attentions on classical inscriptions on stone. Intending to change this, and track down a few lost fragments of classical Greek and early Christian literature, the two scholars decided to investigate the mounds in the Egyptian village of El-Bahnasa, having heard rumours that illicit antiquity dealers had been finding papyri there.

The modern village squatted on the site formerly occupied by Oxyrhynchus, which means "City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish". Of this great Greek metropolis remarkably little was left: a lithograph published in 1798 by Denon, one of the artists of the Napoleonic Survey of Egypt, showed little more than a few mounds, a single Roman column, the dome of a mosque and some palm trees. It was certainly nothing like the usual destinations of European archaeological expeditions such as the tombs of the Pharaohs, which, not long before, the Italian adventurer Belzoni had been entering with the aid of a battering ram; less still did the nondescript mounds resemble the Great Pyramids, one of whose hidden chambers had recently been penetrated by a rival British team who, with the characteristic delicacy of the Victorians abroad, achieved their results by the liberal use of dynamite. read the rest

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Egyptologists keep ancient world fresh

Egyptologists keep ancient world fresh
The Toledo Museum of Art's papyrus funerary book of Tamesia is nearly 12 feet long and 10 inches high and is written in Middle Egyptian; this represents only a portion of it.

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Being dead was a bit of an ordeal for ancient Egyptians.

Take Tamesia.

After she died around the time BC turned to AD, she had to charm knife-wielding gate keepers of the afterlife, convince 42 gods of her sinlessness, and finally see her heart weighed against the truth, knowing that any slip meant this seat of consciousness would be kibble for a waiting monster with a crocodile head, hippo hind parts, and the chest and forelegs of a leopard.

From the triumphant look of the Egyptian woman depicted on the burial papyrus, arms upraised as though signaling a touchdown, Tamesia waltzed into the afterlife intact.

But if it weren't for Terry Wilfong, of the University of Michigan, another part of Tamesia's burial papyrus would not come true. more

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Computers in Papyrology and Paleography

This was posted on the DIGITAL CLASSICIST list yesterday:

Dear all -

I have been asked by the British Machine Vision Association to
consider running a day on "Computers in Papyrology and
Paleography" - specifically the use of computer imaging and image
processing. The definitions for the day can be interpreted very

Such a day would probably run in Leeds, probably in late 07/early

This message is to ask
1. Might you be interested?
2. If so, might you be prepared to contribute a paper?
3. Might you be able to nominate a keynote speaker
[perhaps yourself :-)]?

I would be grateful if you could forward this message to anyone
you feel might like to receive it.

Professor Roger Boyle Mail: roger@comp.leeds.ac.uk
* Head, School of Computing Phone: 0113 3435487
* University of Leeds Mobile: 0771 5049478
* Leeds, LS2 9JT Fax: 0113 3435468
* UK http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/roger

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Archiv für Papyrusforschung (APF) 52.2

Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete

2 Hefte jährl.
ISSN 0066-6459

Begründet v. Ulrich Wilcken . Hrsg. v.: Bärbel Kramer / Wolfgang Luppe / Herwig Maehler / Günter Poethke


Das Archiv für Papyrusforschung (APF) -- 1901 von Ulrich Wilcken begründet -- ist das älteste papyrologische Fachorgan der Welt. Heute unterscheidet sich das APF gegenüber anderen papyrologischen Zeitschriften speziell durch seine Referate (Literarische Papyri, Christliche Texte, Urkundenreferate, Juristisches Referat, Koptische Texte und Urkunden, Demotica, Darstellungen und Hilfsmittel).

Source: Saur Verlag, Table of contents thanks to B. Kramer.


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Juan Carlos Moreno Garcia, L'agriculture institutionnelle en Egypte ancienne

Cahier de Recherches de l'Institut de Papyrologie et d'Égyptologie de Lille - CRIPEL 25
Université Charles-de-Gaulle/Lille, 2006
348 pages, French and English
ISBN: 2-9525870-0-0
ISBN13: 978-2-9525870-0-6

Table of Contents for L'agriculture institutionnelle en Egypte ancienne

J. C. Moreno García, " Préface "
(p. 7-9)
J. C. Moreno García, " Introduction : nouvelles recherches sur l'agriculture institutionnelle et domestique en Égypte ancienne dans le contexte des sociétés antiques "
(p. 11-78)
L. Pantalacci, " Agriculture, élevage et société rurale dans les oasis d'après les archives de Balat (fin de l'Ancien Empire) " (p. 79-91)
J. C. Moreno García, " Les temples provinciaux et leur rôle dans l'agriculture institutionnelle de l'Ancien et du Moyen Empire " (p. 93-124)
B. J. J. Haring, " Institutional agriculture and the temples in Ramesside Egypt "
(p. 125-136)
S. L. D. Katary, " The wsf plots in the Wilbour Papyrus and related documents : a speculative interpretation "
(p. 137-155)
M. Chauveau, " Irrigation et exploitation de la terre dans l'oasis de Kharga à l'époque perse "
(p. 157-163)
K. Vandorpe, "Agriculture, temples and tax law in Ptolemaic Egypt"
(p. 165-171)
J. Rowlandson, "The organisation of public land in Roman Egypt"
(p. 173-196)
P. Jaillette, "L'Égypte et les dispositions du Code Théodosien sur le patronage des campagnes (XI, 24, 1-6) : Textes et traduction"
(p. 197-251)
N. Michel, "Travaux aux digues dans la Vallée du Nil aux époques papyrologique et ottomane : une comparaison"
(p. 253-276)
Th. Ruf, " L'irrigation égyptienne. Deux siècles de changement socio-territorial "
(p. 277-297)
L. Graslin, " Les relations entre agriculture institutionnelle et agriculture privée en Mésopotamie à la lumière des textes cunéiformes néo-babyloniens et achéménides "
(p. 299-311)
J. Zurbach, " Les grandes institutions et la terre dans la société mycénienne "
(p. 313-328)
J. M. Palet Martínez, " Apports de l'archéologie du paysage à l'étude des systèmes agropécuaires anciens "
(p. 329-348


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A companion to the history of the book

including. inter alia,

6. The Papyrus Roll in Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Cornelia Roemer (Austrian National Library)



Thursday, April 12, 2007


I have added a table of contents for M. Depauw, The Demotic Letter, thanks to the author.


Sunday, April 08, 2007

R.C. HILL (tr.), DIDYMUS the BLIND, Commentary on Zechariah

Didymus the Blind

Commentary On Zechariah

The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation (Patristic series), Vol. 111

The book of Zechariah is "the longest and most obscure" of the Twelve Minor Prophets, Jerome remarked. That may have been the reason why in 386 he visited the Alexandrian scholar Didymus the Blind and requested a work on this prophet. Though long thought to be lost, the work was rediscovered in 1941 at Tura outside Cairo along with some other biblical commentaries. As a result we have in our possession a commentary on Zechariah by Didymus that enjoys particular distinction as his only complete work on a biblical book extant in Greek whose authenticity is established, which comes to us by direct manuscript tradition, and has been critically edited. Thus it deserves this first appearance in English.

A disciple of Origen, whose work on Zechariah reached only to chapter five and is no longer extant, Didymus’s commentary on this apocalyptic book illustrates the typically allegorical approach to the biblical text that we associate with Alexandria. Even Cyril of Alexandria in the next generation will lean rather to the historical style of commentary found in the Antiochene scholars Theodore and Theodoret, whose works on the Twelve are also extant and who had Didymus open before them. Didymus alone offers his readers a wide range of spiritual meanings on the obscure verses of Zechariah, capitalizing on his extraordinary familiarity with Holy Writ (despite his disability), and proceeding on a process of interpretation-by-association, frequently invoking also etymology and number symbolism to plumb the meaning of the text. No wonder he remarks, "The reader who understands it is a seer"; such is the richness of the hermeneutical offering.


Robert C. Hill is honorary fellow and adjunct professor at the Australian Catholic University. He has translated many volumes in the Fathers of the Church Series, particularly those of the Old Testament commentaries of the Antioch Fathers, including John Chrysostom’s Commentary on Genesis, Theodoret’s Commentary on the Psalms, and Theodore of Mopsuestia’s Commentary on the Twelve Prophets.

View Front Matter (PDF)
1. Bible. O.T. Zechariah--Commentaries--Early works to 1800.
2. Bible. O.T. Zechariah--Allegorical interpretations.
03/2006 xi,372 pages
Cloth ISBN-10: 0-8132-0111-X ISBN-13: 978-0-8132-0111-5 Price: $ 39.95 Book Code: F111

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Cf. the appearance in 2005 of E. PRINZIVALLI,

Didimo il Cieco, Lezioni sui salmi. Il commento ai salmi scoperto a Tura, a cura di Emanuela Prinzivalli, Milano, Paoline, 2005 (Letture cristiane del primo millennio, 37) pp. 904, Euro 58,00 ISBN 8831528173.

One of the most venerated christian scholars of antiquity, Didymus the Blind, lived and taught in Alexandria during the fourth century. Having been associated with the condemnation of Origen in the sixth century, his great works were lost. Fortunately for history, some of these works were recovered in Egypt in 1941. Emanuela Prinzivalli, professor of Early Christian history at La Sapienza University of Rome, presents the Italian translation as well as the first specific analysis of Didymus'Commentary on the Psalms, possibly the most significant of all his writings found to date. These comments are in fact notes taken during Didymus' lessons. Thus, we come to hear not only his voice but also that of his students who, in posing questions, orient the flow of the lesson through their curiosity.


Abbreviazioni e sigle p. 5
Premessa, p. 9

Un maestro e i suoi discepoli fra ermeneutica biblica e ascesi spirituale

l. Testimonianze sulla vita di Didimo: dall'agiografia alla storia, p. 13
2. Una scoperta fortunata, p. 21

l. Le lezioni sui Salmi 20-44,4: estempo raneità e metodo didattico, p. 32
2. L'esegesi didimiana sui Salmi, p. 36

l. Dio, p. 45
2. Cristo e la redenzione, p. 53
3. L'uomo e il suo destino, p. 63

Avvertenze alla presente traduzione p. 80
Bibliografia, p. 83


Sul Salmo 20, p. 95
Sul Salmo 21, p. 147
Sul Salmo 22, p. 225
Sul Salmo 23, p. 246
Sul Salmo 24, p. 270
Sul Salmo 25, p. 308
Sul Salmo 26, p. 326
Sul Salmo 29, p. 362
Sul Salmo 30, p. 385
Sul Salmo 33, p. 439
Sul Salmo 34, p. 491
Sul Salmo 35, p. 555
Sul Salmo 36, p. 588
Sul Salmo 37, p. 626
Sul Salmo 38, p. 670
Sul Salmo 39, p. 700
Sul Salmo 40, p. 730
Sul Salmo 41, p. 748
Sul Salmo 42, p. 771
Sul Salmo 43, p. 784
Sul Salmo 44, p. 823

Indice scritturistico, p. 851

Indice onomastico, p. 881

Indice analitico, p. 892

ISR, Italian Portal on HIstorical Studies on Religion
and Worldcat


Coptica - Gnostica - Manichaica. Mélanges offerts à Wolf-Peter Funk

Coptica - Gnostica - Manichaica. Mélanges offerts à Wolf-Peter Funk
Sciences humaines, Éducation et IQRC
Auteur : Paul-Hubert Poirier, Louis Painchaud
Collection : Bibliothèque copte de Nag Hammadi
1076 pages
ISBN : 2-7637-8335-X
Prix :$ 85,00
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Résumé :
Édités par Louis PAINCHAUD et Paul-Hubert POIRIER
Coédition Peeters (Louvain/Paris)
Section « Études » 7

Les éditeurs de ce volume ont voulu l'ouvrir aux domaines auxquels Wolf-Peter Funk s'est particulièrement consacré : la philologie et la linguistique coptes, les études gnostiques et manichéennes. Quarante-sept contributions rédigées en français, en anglais ou en allemand composent cet ouvrage.

Liste des collaborateurs : Marc Pelchat, Anthony Alcock, Nathalie Bosson, Anne Boud'hors, Régine Charron, Dominique Côté, Leo Depuydt, Cécile Dogniez, Madeleine Scopello, Jean-Daniel Dubois, Ismo Dunderberg, Jean-Louis Fort, Iain Gardner, Victor Ghica, Claudio Gianotto, James E. Goehring, Jesper Hyldahl, Rodolphe Kasser, Bentley Layton, Samuel N. C. Lieu, Enzo Lucchesi, Philippe Luisier, Jean-Pierre Mahé, Antti Marjanen, Andrea Lorenzo Molinari, Wincenty Myszor, Marie-Pierre Bussières, Michael Kaler, Anne Pasquier, Stephen J. Patterson, Birger A. Pearson, Pheme Perkins, Timothy Pettipiece, Uwe-Karsten Plisch, Gilles Quispel, Tuomas Rasimus, Tonio Sebastian Richter, Michel Roberge, Gérard Roquet, Jean-Marc Rosenstiehl, Gesa Schenke, Ariel Shisha-Halevy, Einar Thomassen, John D. Turner, Katarzyna Urbaniak-Walczak, François Vouga, Michael A. Williams

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G. GABRA; M. EATON-KRAUSS, The Illustrated Guide to the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo

The Illustrated Guide to the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo
Gawdat Gabra
and Marianne Eaton-Krauss
Apr 2007
240pp. Paperback
16.50 x 22.00 cm
LE 120.00
ISBN 978 977 416 007 3
For sale worldwide

Egypt’s Coptic Church is one of the oldest in the world, encompassing two millennia of history tradition, and culture. The Coptic Museum, founded in Old Cairo in 1908, houses the world’ largest and most exquisite collection of Coptic artifacts, representing every historical era, fro the earliest Christian period to the nineteenth century. After undergoing extensive renovation and repair, the Coptic Museum is open to the public again, making this richly informative an illustrated book very timely for anyone interested in this rich artistic heritage. Structured as guide, but fully illustrated with superb color photographs, this book suggests a simple bu comprehensive itinerary through one of Egypt’s most fascinating museums. Taking reader through the various exhibits, this useful guidebook explains and illuminates the aesthetic an religious importance of each of the museum’s works on display, such as icons, stelae sculptures, wall paintings, wooden altar screens, liturgical implements, and vestments and bibl caskets. Textiles, ceramics and documents (including the Nag Hammadi Gnostic library from th fourth century, one of the most important collections of papyri in the world) provide valuabl insights into the economic and social life of Egypt’s Copts over the last two thousand years
GAWDAT GABRA, a former director of the Coptic Museum, is the author or editor of numerous books related to the literary and material culture of Egyptian Christianity, including Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis (AUC Press 2005) and, most recently, The Treasures of Coptic Art (AUC Press 2006.) MARIANNE EATON-KRAUSS is a specialist on the art and archaeology of pharaonic Egypt. She is the author of The Representations of Statuary in Private Tombs of the Old Kingdom.

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C.T. SCHROEDER, Monastic Bodies discipline and salvation in Shenoute of Atripe

Monastic Bodies
Discipline and Salvation in Shenoute of Atripe
Caroline T. Schroeder
216 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
Cloth 2007 | ISBN 978-0-8122-3990-4 | $79.95s | £52.00 |
A volume in the Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion series
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Shenoute of Atripe led the White Monastery, a community of several thousand male and female Coptic monks in Upper Egypt, between approximately 395 and 465 C.E. Shenoute's letters, sermons, and treatises—one of the most detailed bodies of writing to survive from any early monastery—provide an unparalleled resource for the study of early Christian monasticism and asceticism.

In Monastic Bodies, Caroline Schroeder offers an in-depth examination of the asceticism practiced at the White Monastery using diverse sources, including monastic rules, theological treatises, sermons, and material culture. Schroeder details Shenoute's arduous disciplinary code and philosophical structure, including the belief that individual sin corrupted not only the individual body but the entire "corporate body" of the community. Thus the purity of the community ultimately depended upon the integrity of each individual monk.

Shenoute's ascetic discourse focused on purity of the body, but he categorized as impure not only activities such as sex but any disobedience and other more general transgressions. Shenoute emphasized the important practices of discipline, or askesis, in achieving this purity. Contextualizing Shenoute within the wider debates about asceticism, sexuality, and heresy that characterized late antiquity, Schroeder compares his views on bodily discipline, monastic punishments, the resurrection of the body, the incarnation of Christ, and monastic authority with those of figures such as Cyril of Alexandria, Paulinus of Nola, and Pachomius.

"Caroline Schroeder presents the first analysis of the ascetic ideology of one of the most important figures in early Egyptian monasticism, Shenoute of Atripe."—David Brakke, Indiana University

Caroline T. Schroeder teaches humanities at Stanford University.

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17th to 19th September 2007

The relationship between ancient Greek writers and Egyptian literary and cultural traditions of the Greco-Roman period is emerging as an area of intense debate, stimulated both by two factors. First, there have been a series of stunning new discoveries, e.g. a demotic Egyptian text published by Kim Ryholt which is close to part of Herodotus' history of Egypt, or the demotic Book of Thoth which provides an Egyptian equivalent to the Greek Hermetica--both of which appeared in 2005; and secondly a number of new interpretations have been published, e.g. Susan Stephens Seeing Double (2003) or Jacco Dieleman's Priests, Tongues and Rites (2005).

In this context, the Classics Department at the University of Reading will host a conference on September 17-19th of 2007, with the aim of exploring the transmission and translation of literature between Egypt and the Graeco-Roman world, covering the period 700BCE-300CE. Central issues that it is hoped will be addressed include the following:

TYPES OF BILINGUAL LITERATURE. Conceived narrowly, "Greco-Egyptian literature" comprises texts that circulated in both Greek and Egyptian versions, including narratives (such as the Sesostris-novel), prophecies and magical texts; in a broader sense, it covers texts of either language which seem to engage with the texts or discourses of the other. Key questions here include: what specific texts are we talking about? And how can it be established that a relationship exists between texts of discourses of different languages or cultures? And what terms and categories are appropriate to describing such relationships? And how do they change over time?

CONTEXTS OF TRANSLATION AND PRODUCTION. When and how should we understand transmission between the cultures as taking place? Who carried out the translation? What was the role of bilingual priests (cf. e.g. P. Derchain in Revue d'Egyptologie 41 (1990) on Greek echoes in the Papyrus Jumilhac). Can the direction of the translation be determined in every case? Do texts show traces of linguistic interference or code-switching? If Egypt's relation to the Greco-Roman world in the Hellenistic and Roman periods resembles one between colony and imperial power, can the process can be illuminated by the contemporary model of postcolonial theory?

THE CONSEQUENCES OF CONTACT. What consequences for either tradition did contact with the other bring about? For example, it has been argued that contact with Greek culture may have led to radical changes in late Egyptian literature, or even to the development of entirely new forms and genres, such as the heroic narratives of the Inaros Cycle (cf. J. Quack, Die demotische und graeko-aegyptische Literatur [2005] 171-5); conversely, Manetho's Aegyptiaca has be seen as an innovative fusion between Egyptian forms of chronology and narrative and Greek historiography (cf. John Dillery, ZPE 127 [1999] 93-116).

Papers are invited which address interactions and engagements between Greek and Egyptian literature and discourse, including narrative-texts, religious texts and magic, and the underlying issues of translation and transmission. Those interested in participating should send an abstract of 300-500 words to I.C. Rutherford.

Source: D. Meadow's "Rogue Classicism"

NYU Hires Renowned Classicist From Columbia U. to Lead New Institute

NYU Hires R.S. Bagnall (Columbia) to Lead New Institute

New York University has taken a page from the empires of antiquity by carrying off a prize from a rival kingdom. The prize is a renowned professor at Columbia University who, in an announcement expected today, will be joining the NYU faculty.

The scholar is Roger S. Bagnall, a longtime professor at Columbia who is leading its archaeological project at Amheida, in the Dakhleh Oasis of Egypt. He will become the director of NYU’s new Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in July. The institute “will undertake a new and revolutionary approach to the study of antiquity, crossing geographic boundaries and cultures,” said John E. Sexton, NYU’s president.

NYU Press release about the Institute

Source: Chronicle for Higher Education online, D. Meadow's Rogue Classicism


T. GAMMACURTA, Papyrologica scaenica. I copioni teatrali nella tradizione papiracea

Autore:Tatiana Gammacurta
Pagine:pp. 312
Disponibile: si

Table of Contents

Le sabbie del deserto egiziano ci hanno restituito un grande numero di frammenti papiracei. Come le testimonianze archeologiche, essi ci pongono a diretto contatto con le civiltà che li hanno prodotti. Libri, ma soprattutto documenti d’uso comune, quali lettere e contratti, testimoniano gusti letterari e rivelano tracce di vita quotidiana. Tra i papiri in lingua greca, una ventina di esemplari permettono di entrare nel mondo delle rappresentazioni teatrali del periodo ellenistico-romano, conducendo dietro le quinte degli spettacoli fra i professionisti del palcoscenico. Si tratta di antichi copioni teatrali, prodotti tra il III secolo a.C. e il III d.C. e appositamente redatti per essere usati dagli attori durante la preparazione della messa in scena. L’analisi di questi papiri, tesa a metterne in luce modalità di compilazione, fruitori e destinazione, può contribuire ad arricchire le nostre conoscenze sulla drammaturgia antica. Se per il teatro classico ateniese dobbiamo affidarci all’interpretazione delle singole opere teatrali e alle fonti antiche, nonché alla documentazione archeologica e iconografica per ricostruire l’officina del testo drammatico e il suo allestimento scenico, i copioni teatrali di età ellenistica costituiscono testimonianze dirette degli spettacoli teatrali nell’Egitto greco-romano.

source: archaeogate, worldcat, BMCR New Books




The Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi Papirologici of Lecce University
is organizing the Fourth Papyrus and Parchment Restoration Course, that will
take place from September 10th to September 15th, 2007. The Course will
consist of both lectures on theory (in Italian language) and practical
exercises on papyri and parchments given by Prof. Mario Capasso, Prof. Paola
Davoli, Dr Natascia Pellé from Lecce University and by Leonardo Marrone,
The Course is open to anyone interested in the conservation, treatment
and restoration of papyri and parchments in ancient and modern times.
Those interested in enrolling can send their application, curriculum vitae and
phone number to the Centro di Studi Papirologici by mail (Palazzo
Parlangeli, via V.M. Stampacchia, I-73100 Lecce, Italy, tel. 0039 0832
294606) or e-mail (cspapiri@ilenic.unile.it) before June 15th, 2007. For
those accepted on the course the € 225,00 registration fee must be paid by
July 31st, 2007 by bank transfer to the following bank:

Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Piazza S.Oronzo, 73100 Lecce

addressed to: Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Scienze Filosofiche of
Lecce University

c/c: 606460.84
ABI: 1030
CAB: 16002
IBAN: IT41R0103016002000060648227

Please indicate your name and the name of the Course (“Corso di Restauro
2007”) in the remittance. Please send us the receipt for the payment via fax
(0039 0832 294607). A certificate of attendance will be given to all the

Source: Papy-L

Thursday, April 05, 2007


Announced by Prof. Guido Bastianini, Istituto Papirologico “G. Vitelli”, Università degli Studi di Firenze


A Firenze, dal 12 al 22 settembre 2007, si terrà il Quinto Seminario Papirologico Fiorentino, organizzato dall’Istituto Papirologico “G.Vitelli”, dalla Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana e dall’Accademia Fiorentina di Papirologia e Studi sul Mondo Antico.

Il seminario, dal titolo “Papiri tolemaici inediti delle collezioni fiorentine” è rivolto a giovani laureati in Lettere o Storia con percorsi di studio di indirizzo filologico classico o storico-antico; sono ammessi anche studenti stranieri, con analoghi requisiti.

Il numero dei partecipanti è limitato a 15.

La quota di iscrizione è fissata in 300 euro.

Le domande devono pervenire entro il 15 giugno 2007 e devono essere indirizzate al prof. Guido Bastianini, presso l’Istituto Papirologico “G. Vitelli”, Borgo degli Albizi 12, 50122 Firenze.

Per informazioni più dettagliate rivolgersi all’Istituto Papirologico “G.Vitelli”, Borgo degli Albizi 12, Firenze, tel. (0039).055.2478969.

Source: Papy-L
Cf. the homepage of the Instituo Papirologico “G. Vitelli”

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Oded Lipschits and Manfred Oeming, Judah and the Judeans in the Persian Period

In July 2003, a conference was held at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), focusing on the people and land of Judah during the 5th and early 4th centuries B.C.E.— the period when the Persian Empire held sway over the entire ancient Near East. This volume publishes the papers of the participants in the working group that attended the Heidelberg conference.

Table of Contents includes:
New Aramaic Ostraca from Idumea and Their Historical Interpretation - André Lemaire

Social Economic and Onomastic Issues in the Aramaic Ostraca of the Fourth Century BCE - Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni

Source: Worldcat


An Article about the U-Utah Collecition of Arabic Papyri

The Papyrus Code
An article in the University of Utah's magazine, Continuum on the texts collected by Aziz Atiya, editor of the Coptic Encyclopedia.

The vast collection of Arab papyrus and paper documents at the J. Willard Marriott Library is one of the University’s best-kept secrets—but not for long. more

Link to the Mariott Library's catalog of the papyri.

Source: google, UMich papyrological links page


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Silke Trzcionka, Magic and the Supernatural in Fourth-century Syria

About the Title

Magic and the Supernatural in Fourth Century Syria presents an in-depth investigation of a variety of ‘magical’ practices with a focused study in the late antique Syria and Palestine.

Offering new research using both archaeological and literary sources, and blending Classical, Jewish, and Christian traditions from both regions, Silke Trzcionka examines a myriad of magical activities such as:curses, spells and amulets
accusations related to chariot races, love and livelihood methods involved in protection, healing, possession and exorcism.
The information is provided with clarity and theoretical sophistication which enables students to develop an understanding of these beliefs and their place within the social context of the time. Altogether, a useful, enlightening and enjoyable book which students studying religion and/or social history will find invaluable.

Table of Contents

Introduction Methodology Syria and Palestine Curses for Courses: Heavy Tactics in the Hippodrome Supernatural Sabotage: Ensuring a Successful Livelihood Demanding Desire: Rituals of Love and Lust Apotropaism: Protecting Good fortune Illness and Healing: Threats and Retaliation in a Discourse of Power Possession and Expulsion: Experiencing and Dispelling the Daimonic Ambiguous and Miscellaneous Conclusions: Ambitions, Desire, Fears and Insecurities

Sike Trzcionka's page at the The Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University

Source: worldcat

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Victoria C GARDNER COATES; Jon L SEYDL, Antiquity recovered : the legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Publication of the papers from a 2002 conference.

Beginning in 1709, when their antiquities first were recovered, Pompeii and Herculaneum have exercised the historical imagination of the West. This volume presents a diverse array of response to the sites, tracing how perceptions of the past have changed over the course of three centuries of excavations, what the editors call "the strata of interpretation." The thirteen essays range in subject from a reassessment of the contents of the library at Herculaneum's Villa of the Papyri to the symbolic appearance of the ancient world in such films as Roberto Rossellini's Voyage in Italy and Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt .
Antiquity Recovered explores the complexities of "the reception of the past" and helps enhance our understanding of the roles these cities have played, and continue to play, in Western culture.
Product Details
304 pages; 8 x 10; ISBN13: 978-0-89236-872-3ISBN10: 0-89236-872-1

abstract of Porter's paper
About the Author(s)
Victoria C. Gardner Coates is a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jon L. Seydl is associate curator of paintings at the Getty Museum.

Victoria C. Gardner Coates and Jon L. Seydl

Natural Marvels and Ancient Ruins: Volcanism and the Recovery of Antiquity in Early Modern Naples
Sean Cocco

Subverting the Secret of Herculaneum: Archaeological Espionage in the Kingdom of Naples
Alden R. Gordon

From Art to Archaeology: Recontextualizing the Images from the Porticus of Herculaneum
Tina Najbjerg

Four Women from Stabiae: Eighteenth-century Antiquarian Practice and the History of Ancient Roman Painting
Hérica Valladares

Hearing Voices: The Herculaneum Papyri and Classical Scholarship
James I. Porter

Picnic at Pompeii: Hyperbole and Digression in the Warm South
Chloe Chard

The Visible and the Visual: Pompeii and Herculaneum in the Getty Research Institute Collections
Claire L. Lyons and Marcia Reed

The Sentinel of Pompeii: An Exemplum for the Nineteenth Century
Lee Behlman

Science or Morbid Curiosity?: The Casts of Giuseppe Fiorelli and the Last Days of Romantic Pompeii
Eugene Dwyer

"A Picture Painted in Fire": Pain's Re-enactments of the Last Days of Pompeii, 1879-1914
Nick Yablon

Replicating Roman Murals in Pompeii: Archaeology, Art, and Politics in Italy of the 1920s
Elaine K. Gazda

Seeing Women in the Villa of the Mysteries: A Modern Excavation of the Dionysiac Murals
Bettina Bergmann

Odysseys of Life and Death in the Bay of Naples: Roberto Rossellini's Voyage in Italy and Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt
Jennie Hirsh

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Pompeii (Extinct city).
Herculaneum (Extinct city).
Pompeii (Extinct city) -- Civilization.
Herculaneum (Extinct city) -- Civilization.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Italy -- Pompeii (Extinct city).
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Italy -- Herculaneum (Extinct city).
Naples Region (Italy) -- Antiquities.

Source: worldcat

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

New Date for P.Sijp. (=ASP 40)

This volume, Papyri in Memory of P.J. Sijpesteijn, should be available later this Spring. The posting has been changed to reflect this (click on the label below to view this entry). A new Table of Papyri has also been added (thanks to the Series editor, A.E. Hanson).


Nahum COHEN, Greek documentary papyri from Egypt in the Berlin Aegyptisches Museum :

Greek Documentary Papyri from Egypt in the Berlin Aegyptisches Museum (P.Berl.Cohen)
edited by Nahum Cohen

Blurb from Oxbow books:

Twenty documentary papyri of the Roman period from the collection of the Aegyptisches Museum-Berlin are here published for the first time. All texts are equipped with full commentary and recent bibliography on relevant issues, as well as black-and-white photographs of each piece. The requisite indices complete the volume. 225p, 22 b/w pls. (American School of Papyrologists [sic!] 2006)

the correct series title is:
American Studies in Papyrology no. 44, 2007

The Table of Papyri for P.Berl.Cohen (= ASP 44):

Table of Papyri
1. Replacement for a Lost Syntaximon Receipt   1
2. Poll-Tax Receipt    14
3. Receipt for phoros boon    19
4-6. Three Receipts for Katoikic Taxes     28
7. Customs-House Receipt    44
8. Sale of a Female Donkey (?) at Kerkesoucha     50
9. Sale of a Donkey     59
10. Camel Declaration     65
11. Camel Declaration     76
12. Notice of Birth of a Girl     80
13. Letter Concerning the Rise of the Nile     92
14. Letter Concerning a Soldier    102
15. Letter to Sarapion, Haplonous Father     110
16. List of Workers (?)     118
17. List of Absentees from their Idia     122
18. Property Registration     133
19. Lease of Land     138
20. Four Byzantine Tax Receipts: Another Magistor Text     148

Source: worldcat
Thanks to the Series editor, A.E. Hanson, for provinding the Table of Papyri.