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Thursday, July 26, 2007

SALOMONS and WORP Onomasticon Hibiticum (Khargeh Oasis)

found in the
compiled by
R.P. Salomons Radboud University, Nijmegen) and K.A. Worp (Leiden University)

In the Avertissement (p.vii) to his well known study Les Oasis d’ Égypte (Cairo
1987), and on many pages elsewhere in this volume, the late Guy Wagner alludes to an exhaustive
prosopography of the Great Oasis, compiled by himself but unfortunately for financial reasons
not incorporated in Les Oasis. However, a separate publication of this prosopography, as
announced in the Avertissement, did not appear either. Therefore, the need for such a
prosopography remained unfulfilled.

The idea of composing a new onomasticon of the Dakhleh Oasis, or an
Onomasticon Mothiticum as we wish to call it, was born independently during the 5th Dakhleh
Oasis Project conference held in Cairo, June 2006, where Worp gave a paper on Christian names
in fourth century documents from Kellis. An additional incentive for compiling such an
onomasticon was the consideration that Worp himself had already published a substantial number
of documentary papyri, ostraka and wooden tablets from this area ( in particular in P.Kellis, vol.
I, and in O.Kellis). It was, therefore, only a matter of merging his various indices nominum and
adding names of persons from the Dakleh oasis figuring in papyri and ostraka already published
elsewhere. This activity involved collecting the relevant texts from, e.g., the list given by Wagner
in the introduction to his Les Oasis, pp. 3- 6, and a search in the Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis
for ‘Ort = Grosse Oase’). Moreover, our colleague R.S. Bagnall kindly made the digital file of his
own index nominum for P.Kellis IV available to Worp.

Source: Papy-L

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