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. PLEASE SEND SUGGESTIONS

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Stanford Papyrology Summer Institute: new info

Now available at the American Society of Papyrologists (ASP) site (and updated below.)




Firenze, Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli" 2007

pp. XIV + 82, 8 tavv.

ISBN 978 88 87829 35 8
euro 30


Ricordo di Sergio Bosticco (S. Donadoni, G. Rosati), pp. V-VII
Bibliografia di Sergio Bosticco (G. Rosati), pp. IX-XIV

A. JONES, Two Astronomical Tables from Oxyrhynchus Based on Babylonian
Planetary Tables, pp. 1-8

A. CIAMPI, Euforione: testo e scolî in PSI XIV 1390, pp. 9-28

L. VANNINI, Un commentario a Pindaro: PSI XIV 1391 con nuovi frammenti, pp.

G.B. D'ALESSIO, Note su PSI XIV 1391, pp. 75-80


Via Benedetto da Maiano 3
I-50014 Fiesole (Firenze)
e-mail: gen@casalini.it
fax: +39 055 5818201

(The above site requires registration. The item is not yet listed.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lecture: New Finds of Menander

New Finds of Menander
Monday, 10 December 2007
7pm to 8.30pm, followed by a drinks reception to be held at the
British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1

A British Academy discussion evening convened and chaired by
Mr Nigel Wilson, FBA, University of Oxford

Speakers will include:
Professor Colin Austin, FBA, University of Cambridge
Professor Francesco D’Aiuto, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Professor Eric Handley, FBA, University of Cambridge

Our knowledge of Menander, the leading writer of Greek New Comedy, has been greatly increased in the last fifty years, initially by the recovery of his Dyskolos in an almost complete copy in a papyrus codex dating from late antiquity, followed by the discovery of substantial portions of his Aspis, Samia and Sikyonios. A recent find in the Vatican Library comes from a palimpsest which was already known to scholars for some of its other contents but had not been fully analysed. Underneath a Syriac text copied in A.D. 886 and a Greek text in uncial script perhaps copied in the eighth century there are small portions of two plays. One of these is the Dyskolos, and it is expected that this new witness will contribute to the solution of some textual uncertainties even though only a small part of each line is preserved. The other is from a play the identity of which will be revealed at the meeting. Somewhat more substantial remains can be deciphered, but the exceptional difficulty of dealing with this doubly palimpsested codex – it is far less legible than the celebrated Archimedes manuscript – has made progress very slow; added to which is the fact that there is not yet a consensus about the best technology to use in particularly difficult cases. An international round-table colloquium is being held in order to help prepare the publication. In the evening there will be a presentation of the results, open to all interested, at the British Academy.

Presumably this refers to
Vat. sir. 623.

Cf. this this from National Geographic:

Nigel Wilson, a historian at the University of Oxford in England, says the same technologies used on the Archimedes Palimpsest could shed new light on a number of other palimpsests conserved in libraries around the world.

"There are going to be plenty," Wilson said. A text recently discovered in the Vatican Library, for example, contains previously unknown fragments by the ancient Greek playwright Menander.

Thanks to Gabriel Bodard for drawing this to my attention.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Forthcoming (March 2008): A Csaba Láda, Ptolemaic Documentary Papyri from the Papyrussammlung Erzherzog Rainer, Vienna

Ptolemaic Documentary Papyri from the Papyrussammlung Erzherzog Rainer, Vienna
Ed. by Láda, Csaba A.
Approx. 220 pages. Hardcover. Euro [D] 98.00 / sFr 157.00 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 137.00. *
ISBN 978-3-11-019523-1 Series: Corpus Papyrorum Raineri (CPR) XXVIII
Languages: English, Greek
Type of Publication: Edition
to be published March 2008

About this Title
This volume contains an edition of 13 hitherto unpublished papyrus documents in Greek from Ptolemaic Egypt. The texts were written in the last three centuries BC and probably originate from Middle Egypt. Many appear to have been recovered from papyrus cartonnage. The papyri include a wide variety of documents, such as a royal ordinance, a petition, two tax lists, a tax receipt, several accounts, official correspondence and a private letter. They provide valuable new information on the settlement pattern, transport system, economy, fiscal organisation, bureaucracy, prosopography, onomastics and law of Ptolemaic Egypt and thus afford us a unique insight into the social, economic, administrative and cultural history of this Hellenistic kingdom. This volume will be of interest not only to Greek papyrologists but also to ancient historians and Egyptologists.


Eleni PACHOUMI, The Greek magical papyri : diversity and unity

Diss. Newcastle 2007
Eleni Pachoumi, U. Thessaly

Thursday, November 08, 2007

CALL for PAPERS: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Family and Household Structures in the Ancient World

Conference Call for Papers
Cross-Cultural Approaches to Family and Household Structures in the Ancient World
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU May 9-10, 2008

The Fellows at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) atNew York University are planning a conference entitled “Cross-cultural approaches to family and household structures in the ancient World”, May 9-10, 2008.
This conference seeks to shed new light on the formationpatterns and structural differences and similarities between family andhousehold in ancient societies from the western Mediterranean to China. In an attempt to initiate conversations between ancient historians, archaeologists, and social anthropologists of all regions and periods of the ancient world, the conference welcomes papers from across disciplines. Comparative approaches and proposals that use new methods of analysis or interpretation of documentary evidence, are particularly welcome.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
Cross-disciplinary definitions of households (beyond Hajnal’s and Laslett’s models of nuclear, extended and joint families) Physical configurations of houses/households Household formations:
Ideals and Reality (e.g. the influence of demographic regimes, social class and economic forces)
oeconomia: household as enterprise (labor recruitment, migration and the gendered division of labor)
Inter- and intragenerational conflict and support within the household (hierarchy, authority and rules of succession)

All papers are limited to a reading time of twenty minutes and will befollowed by twenty minutes of discussion. Senior graduate students arealso encouraged to submit proposals. By November 30, proposals (not to exceed the equivalent of one page, typewritten double-spaced) should be sent with contact information to either
Anna Boozer, Sabine Huebner, or Jinyu Liu at:

ISAW - Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Email: isaw.household.conference@nyu.edu
15 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028

Source: Papy-L

B LAYTON, Coptic in 20 Lessons: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic With Exercises and Vocabularies

Coptic in 20 Lessons: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic With Exercises and Vocabularies
by Bentley Layton

Coptic in 20 Lessons is written by the author of the most authoritative reference grammar of the Coptic language, and is based on decades of pedagogical experience. In easy steps and simple explanations, it teaches the patterns and syntax of Sahidic Coptic, along with the most useful vocabulary. Drills, compositions, and translation exercises enable the student to gain fluency. All words that occur more than fifty times in the Sahidic New Testament are introduced lesson by lesson in vocabulary lists, which are arranged by semantic field and accompanied by both Greek equivalents and English glosses. The book concludes with three chapters of the Gospel of Mark, in which all new vocabulary is glossed in footnotes. Coptic in 20 Lessons is the ideal resource for use in the classroom or for teaching oneself Coptic. 210p (Peeters 2007)

Table of Contents
Foreword; 1. Coptic: The Alphabet. Regular Replacements. Simplifications. Abbreviations;
2. Articles and What They Express. Noun. Proper Noun. Omission of Article. Article Phrase. ’And’, ‘Or’, and ’Of’;
3. Possessive Article. Simple Nominal Sentence;
4. Adjective. Attributive Construction. Adjectival Predicate;
5. Nominal Sentences with Three Members; 6. Specifiers. Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers;
7. Preposition. Personal Suffixes. Possessed Noun. Compound Preposition. Combinative Adverb;
8. Possessive Pronoun. Survey of Articles and Pronouns; 9. Durative Sentence. Infinitive and Stative. Adjectival Meaning. Comparative and Superlative. Direct Object. Additional Predicate after a Direct Object. Ingressive;
10. Non-durative Conjugation: Main Clause Conjugation Bases. ’To Be’ in Coptic;
11. Bound States of the Infinitive. Direct Object Constructions. Compound Infinitives. Imperative. Vocative; 12. Non-durative Conjugation: Subordinate Clause Conjugation Bases. Inflected Modifier. Some Stylistic Devices; 13. Causative Infinitive. Verboids. ’To Have’. Dynamic Passive; 14. Impersonal Predicates. The Four Conversions. Preterit Conversion. How Conversion Works; 15. Asyndetic Connection of Clauses. Adverb. Circumstantial Conversion; 16. Relative Conversion; 17. Relative Conversion (Continued); 18. Focalizing Conversion; 19. Cleft Sentence. Reported Discourse and Thought; 20. Conditional Sentences. Purpose and Result. Correlated Comparison; Chrestomathy: The Gospel of Mark, Chapters One to Three; Reference List of Coptic Forms; Subject Index.