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

Thursday, May 29, 2008



ISABELLA ANDORLINI, Note di lettura ed interpretazione a PSI IV 299: un caso di tracoma, pp. 6

ANGELA ANDRISANO, La lettera overo discorso di G. Giraldi Cinzio sovra il comporre le satire atte alla scena: Tradizione aristotelica e innovazione, pp. 9


GINO BANDELLI, Medea Norsa giovane, pp. 32

GUIDO BASTIANINI, Frammenti di una parachoresis a New York e Firenze (P.NYU inv. 22 + PSI inv.
137), pp. 6

MARCO BERGAMASCO, ῾Υπερετὴς ἀρχαῖος in POsl III 124, pp. 9

LAURA BOFFO, Per il lessico dell’archiviazione pubblica nel mondo greco. Note preliminari, pp. 4

FRANCESCO BOSSI, Adesp. Hell. 997a, 5 Ll.-J.-P., pp. 2

MARIO CAPASSO, Per l’itinerario della papirologia ercolanese, pp. 23

ANTONIO CARLINI, Papiri filosofici greci e tradizione dei testi, pp. 7

FILIPPO CÀSSOLA, Le parti del mondo nell’antichità, pp.7

GIOVANNI CERRI, Il giudizio di Aristotele sul finale dell’Iliade (Correzione testuale a Poet. XV 1454 b 2), pp. 12

ILEANA CHIRASSI COLOMBO, Parole di Mago. Riflessioni intorno a PMG XIII, pp. 7

FRANCO CREVATIN, Cimeli egiziani della collezione Malaspina dei musei civici di Pavia, pp. 6

PAOLA DAVOLI, Soknopaiou Nesos: i nuovi scavi dell’Università di Lecce, risultati e prospettive, pp. 18

STEFANO DE MARTINO, Un passo della versione in hurrico del “canto della liberazione” (KBo XXXII 14 I 46-47), pp. 3

MICHELE FARAGUNA, Terra pubblica e vendite di immobili confiscati a Chio nel V sec. a.C.: per un' interpretazione di SGDI 5653 (DGE3 688), pp. 8

MARIA ROSA FORMENTIN, Il Marc. gr. 273: stratificazione di scritture, lingue, testi, pp. 8

LUIGI GALASSO, Ovidio, Metamorfosi 13, 679-701: le figlie di Orione, pp. 8

GIAN FRANCO GIANOTTI, Odisseo mendico a Troia (PKöln VI 245), pp. 8

ALBERTO GRILLI, Su due frammenti di Cleante, pp. 2

DIETER HAGEDORN, χρυσός oder χρυσίον? Regionale Besonderheiten des Wortgebrauchs im spätantiken Ägypten, pp. 7

HERMANN HARRAUER, Ein griechischer Grabstein, pp. 4

ALBERTO MAFFI, La clausola relativa all’interrrogatorio nell’arbitrato di Cnido (IK Knidos 221 A 67- 72), pp. 4

ALDO MAGRIS, Il concetto di rivelazione nel codice manicheo di Colonia, pp. 12

FULVIA MAINARDIS – CLAUDIO ZACCARIA, Tra epigrafia e papirologia Q. Baienus Blassianus, cavaliere tergestino e prefetto d’Egitto, pp. 25

ENRICO V. MALTESE, Postille critico-testuali al Dynameron di Elio Promoto Alessandrino, pp. 3

GIOVANNA MENCI, Note su reperti antinoiti, pp. 10

GABRIELLA MESSERI, Un nuovo trierarco e la presenza della flotta romana nel Mar Rosso, pp. 4

FRANCA PERUSINO, I papiri di Aristofane e la colometria: nota al P. Oxy. 4510, fr. 6 (Aristofane, Acarnesi), pp.3

PAOLA PRUNETI, Osservazioni sull'uso e il significato di kastellon nella lingua dei papiri, pp. 5

PATRIZIA PUPPINI, Tratti cultuali egiziani nell’ Elena di Euripide, pp. 9

LUIGI TARTAGLIA, Meccanismi di compilazione nella Cronaca di Giorgio Cedreno, pp. 7

GENNARO TEDESCHI, Medea e gli Argonauti nei poeti greci, pp. 32

Source: Papy-L

RELATED INTEREST: Linen Book of Zagreb

L.B. van der Meer, Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis. The Linen Book of Zagreb. A Comment on the Longest Etruscan Text. Monographs on Antiquity, 4. Leuven: Peeters, 2007. Pp. x, 210; color and b/w figs. 28, color pls. 12. ISBN 978-90-429-2024-8. €72.00.

Reviewed by Jean MacIntosh Turfa, University of Pennsylvania Museum (jturfa@sas.upenn.edu)
Word count: 4217 words

Most Classical authors respected the Etruscans for their skill in religious ritual and divination, but Etruscan religion can be a minefield for naive scholars, tempting many into flights of fancy. Now, however, many reliable works are available, and classicists and historians may safely venture forth, and with promise of great rewards. The main obstacles for outsiders to Etruscan Studies have been overcome: the Etruscan language is generally knowable, even for those who prefer to read in English (see G. Bonfante and L. Bonfante, The Etruscan Language. An Introduction, rev. ed., Manchester, 2002 --hereafter Bonfante-2; see this work for brief entries on all major epigraphic items.) And there is plenty of sound and cautious scholarship on Etruscan religion now available, from monographs to compendia such as the Harvard Guide and the ThesCRA.1 I offer some comments on recent works as background for readers in other fields who may benefit from a fresh look at some of this precious material. etc. at BMCR

Saturday, May 24, 2008

REVIEW of Canfora, Il papiro di Artemidoro

Forging ahead
Peter Parsons

Has Simonides struck again?
In 2006 there went on show in Turin a fragmentary papyrus book-roll, nearly thirteen inches tall and over eight feet long, datable from its script to the later first century bc. On the front it carries a Greek text: a proem which dilates on the intellectual status of geography (two columns); then a wide space which contains the remains of a detailed map (without place-names); then the introduction to a geography of Spain (two columns), of which part coincides with a passage quoted elsewhere as from Book II of the long-lost Geographical Descriptions by Artemidorus of Ephesus (c100 bc). The wide left hand margin, and a long blank at the end, are occupied by some twenty drawings -heads, feet, hands. The back (which in a normal book-roll remains blank) shows some forty small drawings of birds, fish and animals, real and fabulous, with names attached. Photographs can be seen in the sumptuous catalogue, Le tre vite del papiro di Artemidoro (noticed with the exhibition in the TLS of March 8, 2006)/

etc at TLS
I apologize for the tardy notice of this review (February 22, 2008!).


Thursday, May 22, 2008

A one-day conference on The Artemidorus Papyrus

A one-day conference at St John's College, Oxford,
on Friday, June 13th, 2008

Programme (provisional)

Friday, June 13th, 2008

from 11 or 11.30: tea
12.00 -13.30 The Artefact (Dirk Obbink, Nigel Wilson, comments by Peter Parsons)
13.30-14.30 Buffet lunch (finger food)
14.30-15.30 The Text (Margarethe Billerbeck)
15.30-16.30 The Map (Richard Talbert, comments by Nicholas Purcell)
16.30-17.00 Tea outside the seminar room
17.00-18.00 The images (Jas Elsner)
to be followed by a general discussion (Bärbel Kramer will be present)
c. 19.30-late afterwards supper in 22 St Giles, Oxford
Saturday, June 14th, 2008

further discussion
Kai Brodersen - Jas Elsner

Source: papy-L


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

LECTURE: G. Bodard, Interoperability between Epigraphic and Papyrological Databases:

Interoperability between Epigraphic and Papyrological Databases:
The Epidoc Scenario

Dr. Gabriel Bodard
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King’s College London

Abstract at Current Epirgraphy

Friday, May 16, 2008

Pistoi dia tèn technèn. Bankers, Loans and Archives in the Ancient World

Pistoi dia tèn technèn. Bankers, Loans and Archives in the Ancient World
Studies in Honour of Raymond Bogaert

Editors: Verboven K., Vandorpe K., Chankowski V.

Year: 2008
ISBN: 978-90-429-1996-9
Pages: XLVIII-482 p.
Price: 84 EURO

This volume contains essays based on the papers presented at the international colloquium "Banks, Loans and Financial Archives in the Ancient World", held in Ghent and Brussels in 2006 in honour of R. Bogaert. Specialists of various fields and periods have contributed studies on banking and finance in the Ancient World (including the Near East) and 18th-century England, each applying his or her own research strategies, methodologies and traditions. A common ground was found transcending the boundaries between disciplines as diverse as Assyriology, social and economic history, Roman law, epigraphy, papyrology and economics. The result of this collaborative effort is a consistent study that takes up many of the challenges posed by recent discoveries and new insights concerning the 'nature' of the ancient economy. As such, it will prove a substantial contribution to the ongoing effort to better understand the genesis, development and role of money, credit and financial mediation in the Ancient World.

Table of Contents

Source: Papy-L

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Review of M. CHOAT, Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri, Review of Biblical Literature

RBL 05/2008
Choat, Malcolm
Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri

Studia antiqua Australiensia 1
Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006.
Pp. xiv + 217. Paper. $64.00. ISBN 2503513271.

David Frankfurter
University of New Hampshire/Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Cambridge Massachusetts

Although one might surmise it from the title, this is not a synthetic study of religious belief and cult in fourth-century Egypt according to the evidence of the papyri, nor is it a general summary of what fourth-century papyri can teach us about belief and cult. Nowhere, in fact, are belief and cult explained as categories for the study of ancient religion. Instead, Malcolm Choat has performed the immeasurable service of showing us the problems and challenges that papyri—letters, administrative documents, random fragments of writing—pose the historian interested in the growth of Christianity or the shift in religious forms during this transitional century. It is not a work of history but a manual for historical understanding, and as such it should serve as an essential textbook for any graduate course on papyrology or Christian primary sources and as a handbook for any scholar of early Christianity or late antiquity. Choat’s familiarity with an enormous range of papyri and especially the rich corpus of early Manichaean documents gives him an unusual vantage on the problems and prospects of fourth-century papyri, while his lucid writing make him an especially good teacher in their use.

etc. at RBL

Source: Ev. Text.Crit.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Digital Classicist/ICS Work in Progress Seminar

Digital Classicist/ICS Work in Progress Seminar
Summer 2008

Fridays at 16:30 in Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

(June 20th, July 4th-18th seminars in Stewart House, room B3)

(June 27th seminar room 218, Chadwick Bdg, UCL, Gower Street)

The following may be of interest to papyrologists:

6 June
NG16 Elaine Matthews and Sebastian Rahtz (Oxford) The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and classical web services

18 July
STB3 Ryan Bauman (University of Kentucky) Towards the Digital Squeeze: 3-D imaging of inscriptions and curse tablets

1 Aug
NG16 Juan Garcés (British Library) Digitizing the oldest complete Greek Bible: The Codex Sinaiticus Project

Source: Stoa.org

Monday, May 05, 2008

DESCAT, Économie antique. Approches de l'économie hellénistique, textes rassemblés

From 2006, just noticed in J. Straus' Review of Burstein, who mentions J. Manning, "The Ptolemaic Economy, Institutions, Economic Integration, and the Limits of Centralized Political Power," pp. 257-274 therein.



7 - Économie antique. Approches de l'économie hellénistique, textes rassemblés par DESCAT (R.). 455 p., 2006, (1320 g)

Absente pour l’essentiel des ouvrages qui ont été les plus influents dans l’analyse historique de l’économie antique, l’économie hellénistique mérite une approche réflexive. Limitée aux trois siècles environ qui séparent la conquête d’Alexandre de la mise en place de la conquête romaine, mais étendue à un espace vaste - grec, mais aussi non-grec à l’origine et intégré dans la conquête macédonienne, comme l’Egypte et la Babylonie, de même que les régions de la côte nord de la mer Noire - cette approche permet de s’interroger sur les points qui sont les plus susceptibles de compléter et de modifier la perception des économies antiques. Le problème central soulevé ici est le rapport au document. L’analyse des sources a ainsi été placée au cœur de la réflexion dans deux domaines, le timbrage des amphores et la monétarisation de l’économie. Le fait régional a été placé au centre des préoccupations. Les temps et les acteurs ont été la référence historique vers laquelle les efforts ont convergé : la compréhension des temps a été rattachée aux faits économiques, et en particulier aux prix ; celle des acteurs est passée par la figure du souverain et le rapport entre privé et public ; on a enfin posé la question de l’efficacité du système économique et du rôle des figures intermédiaires, collectives et individuel

Some Forthcoming Books

Listed in worldcat, but not yet available.

From temple to church : destruction and renewal of local cultic topography in late antiquity
by Johannes Hahn; Stephen Emmel; Ulrich Gotter
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008.
ISBN: 9004131418

Mummy portraits from Roman Egypt
by Paul Roberts
Type: Book; English
Publisher: London : British Museum, 2008.
ISBN: 0714150703

Loyalty and dissidence in Roman Egypt : the case of the Acta Alexandrinorum
by Andrew Harker
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
ISBN: 0521887895

Social Networks in Byzantine Egypt.
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr 2008.

Arab-Byzantine coins : an introduction, with a catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks collection
by Clive Foss
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection ; [Cambridge, Mass.] : Distributed by Harvard University Press, ©2008.
ISBN: 0884023184

Deir El-naqlun The Greek Papyri.
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Journal of Juristic Papyrology 2008.
ISBN: 8391825086

New Testament Greek Papyri and Parchments.
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Walter De Gruyter Inc 2008.
ISBN: 3110203081

Review of Stanley M. Burstein, The Reign of Cleopatra.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.05.08
Stanley M. Burstein, The Reign of Cleopatra. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. Pp. xv, 180; maps 2, pls. 10. ISBN 978-0-8061-3871-8. $16.95.

Reviewed by Jean A. Straus, Université de Liège (jean.straus@ulg.ac.be)
Word count: 1551 words

Table of Contents

Comme son titre l'indique, ce livre n'est pas à proprement parler une biographie de Cléopâtre, mais une étude sur le règne de la dernière reine d'Egypte. Sa composition et la bibliographie ne laissent pas douter un seul instant qu'il est destiné avant tout aux étudiants universitaires anglophones, mais il peut intéresser à coup sûr un plus large public.

Etc. at BMCR

The Blurb from U.OKlahoma Press

The Reign of Cleopatra

By Stanley M. Burstein

An engaging, accessible biography of the legendary Egyptian queen, with source documents
Ambitious, intelligent, and desired by powerful men, Cleopatra VII came to power at a time when Roman and Egyptian interests increasingly concerned the same object: Egypt itself. Cleopatra lived and reigned at the center of this complex and persistent power struggle. Her legacy has since lost much of its former political significance, as she has come to symbolize instead the potent force of female sexuality and power.

In this engaging and multifaceted account, Stanley M. Burstein displays Cleopatra in the full manifold brilliance of the multiple cultures, countries, and people that surrounded her throughout her compelling life, and in so doing develops a stunning picture of a legendary queen and a deeply historic reign. Designed as an accessible introduction to Cleopatra VII and her time, The Reign of Cleopatra offers readers and researchers an appealing mix of descriptive chapters, biographical sketches, and annotated primary documents. The narrative chapters conclude with a discussion of Cleopatra’s significance as a person, a queen, and a symbol. A glossary and annotated bibliography round out the volume.

Stanley M. Burstein is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Los Angeles, and coauthor of Ancient Greece: A Brief History.