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Thursday, December 31, 2009

P. VAN NUFFELN, Faces of Hellenism: Studies in the History of the Eastern Mediterranean (4th Century B.C. - 5th Century A.D.)

Faces of Hellenism
Studies in the History of the Eastern Mediterranean (4th Century B.C. - 5th Century A.D.)


Editors:  Van Nuffelen P.

Collecting papers on historiography, papyrology, history, and material culture, this volume charts the changing faces of Hellenistic civilization from the fourth century B.C. to Late Antiquity. The Macedonian colonisation and the Roman conquest had an important impact on society, politics, and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean. The papers address issues such as bilingualism and the role of ‘invented traditions’ in Roman Egypt. They emphasise local differences within the Roman Empire, for example the difficult access inhabitants of Egypt had to Roman citizenship. Other contributions asses the perspective of the sources and how they reveal different facets of Hellenistic society. Drawing on approaches developed in the Section of Ancient History of the University of Leuven, the contributions pay homage to three retiring professors, L. Mooren, G. Schepens, and H. Hauben, who each in their different way have explored the changing faces of Hellenism for the past thirty years.

Year: 2009
ISBN: 978-90-429-2273-0
Pages: X-342 p.
Price: 62 EURO

Source: Papy-L (W. Clarysse)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

T. V. EVANS and D. D. OBBINK, The Language of the Papyri

The Language of the Papyri

ISBN13: 9780199237081ISBN10: 0199237085Hardback380 pages
Dec 17 2009 "Listed as Not Yet Published" on OUP.US' website
Price:  £65.00
The modern rediscovery of the Greek and Latin papyri from Egypt has transformed our knowledge of the ancient world. We cannot, however, make the same claim in the specific area of language study. Although important studies of the language of the papyri have appeared sporadically over the past century, we are still dealing today with a linguistic resource of extraordinary richness which has hardly begun to be explored. Every scrap of papyrus and every ostracon (potsherd) or tablet unearthed has the potential to change some aspect of the way we think about the Greek and Latin languages. This book demonstrate that potential, by gathering together essays from seventeen scholars who present a variety of perspectives and methodological approaches. The Language of the Papyri charts current directions of international research, and will also provide a stimulus for future work.


  • Opens up a burgeoning sphere of research to a broad audience
  • Articulates a range of new methodological approaches to its subject
  • Indicates productive avenues for future investigation

  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction , T. V. Evans
    I. Linguistic Change and Diversity
    2. Auxiliary thelo , J. A. L. Lee
    3. Linguistic Diversity in the Archive of the Engineers Kleon and Theodoros ,W. Clarysse
    4. Identifying the Language of the Individual in the Zenon Archive , T. V. Evans
    5. Authorial Revision of Linguistic Style in Greek Papyrus Letters and Petitions (AD I-IV) , R. Luiselli
    6. Imperatives and Other Directives in the Greek Letters from Mons Claudianus , M. Leiwo
    7. Do Mothers Matter? The Emergence of Matronymics in Early Roman Egypt , M. Depauw
    8. Variations in Complementation to Impersonal verba declarandi in Greek Papyri from the Roman and Byzantine Periods , P. James
    9. Romanes eunt domus! Linguistic Aspects of the Sub-Literary Latin in Pompeiian Wall Inscriptions , P. Kruschwitz
    10. Linguistic Varieties and Language Level in Latin Non-Literary Letters , H. Halla-aho
    II. Language Content
    11. Language Change and Personal Names in Early Ptolemaic Egypt , B. Muhs
    12. Bilingualism in Roman Egypt: Exploring the Archive of Phatres of Narmuthis , I. Rutherford
    13. Latin Influence and Greek Request Formulae , E. Dickey
    14. Greek Papyri and the Coining of Greek-Latin Hybrid Compounds , P. Filos
    15. Vina fictitia from Latin into Greek: The Evidence of the Papyri , A. Maravela-Solbakk
    16. Lexical Translations in the Papyri: Koine Greek, Greek Dialects, and Foreign Languages , F. Schironi
    III. General
    17. Building and Examining Linguistic Phenomena in a Corpus of Representative Papyri , S.E. Porter & M. O'Donnell

Product Details

380 pages; 20 halftones;ISBN13: 978-0-19-923708-1ISBN10: 0-19-923708-5

About the Author(s)

T. V. Evans is Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney. D. D. Obbink is Tutor in Greek Literature, Christ Church, and University Lecturer in Papyrology and Greek Literature, Oxford.

Source:  Malcolm Choat on Papy-L

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

OSLO, Workshop: The texts of the medical profession in antiquity - genres and purposes

Workshop: The texts of the medical profession in antiquity - genres and purposes, to be held at the University of Oslo, 16th-18th September 2010

Organisers: Isabella Andorlini (University of Parma); David Leith (University College London) and Anastasia Maravela-Solbakk (University of Oslo)

Confirmed speakers: Heinrich Von Staden (Princeton), Vivian Nutton (UCL), Philip van der Eijk (Newcastle), Laurence Totelin (Cardiff), Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge), Ann Ellis Hanson (Yale).

We are inviting the submission of abstracts for papers (duration: 20-30 min.) to be presented at the workshop ”The texts of the medical profession in antiquity: genres and purposes” (16-18 September 2010 in Oslo, Norway). The papers may deal with any text or group of medical texts from Graeco-Roman antiquity as long as what is in focus are issues of genre, cross-generic relations and/ or purpose. We are particularly interested in discussions of generic features and classification as well as the purpose of medical texts recovered on papyri. We are also keen on papers exploring the term ”handbook” both within medicine and in comparison with the use of the term for other prose texts.

Please submit your abstract by March 1st, 2010 to:

Adriano Magnani, Il processo di Isidoro. Roma e Alessandria nel primo secolo

57. Adriano Magnani, Il processo di Isidoro. Roma e Alessandria nel primo secolo, 2009, pp. xii-288. [i.s.b.n. 978-88-15-13434-0]. € 34,00.

Edizione e storia degli studi - Acta Isidori. Considerazioni bibliologiche e filologiche - Lo spazio letterario. Tra letteratura di consumo e libellistica - Il problema degli autori o dell'autore - Equilibri politici e gruppi etnici nell'Egitto tardo-tolemaico e protoromano - Due aspetti politico-sociali dell'Egitto provincia dell'Impero: il sistema contributivo e la cittadinanza alessandrina - Antigiudaismo in terra egizia. I papiri come documento di polemica - Alessandria nella prima metà del I secolo d.C. Cronistoria - Il processo: le accuse dei papiri - Le 'altre' voci del dramma . Uno sguardo alla letteratura giudaico-ellenistica - Filone di Alessandria. Un posto per Israele tra le grandi civiltà. La data e i personaggi del processo. Status quaestionis e note di aggiornamento prosopografico - 'Prima' e 'dopo' Filone. La polemica nel suo formarsi e nel suo evolversi nella testimonianza della Lettera di Aristea a Filocrate e del Contra Apionem di Flavio Giuseppe.



Jeffrey Fish-Kirk Sanders, Introduction, pp. 5-6.

Michael Wigodsky, Horace and (Not Necessarily) Neoptolemus. The Ars Poetica and Hellenistic Controversies, pp. 7- 27.

L. Michael White, Ordering the Fragments of PHerc. 1471. A New Hypothesis, pp. 29-70.

Daniel Delattre, Le Sage épicurien face à la colère et à l’ivresse: une lecture renouvelée du De ira de Philodème, pp. 71-88.

W. Benjamin Henry, New Light on Philodemus’ On Death, pp. 89-102.

Francesca Longo Auricchio, Su alcuni hapax nella Retorica di Filodemo, pp. 103-106.

Dino De Sanctis, Il filosofo e il re: osservazioni sulla Vita Philonidis (PHerc. 1044), pp. 107-118.

Margherita Erbì, Il retore e la città nella polemica di Filodemo verso Diogene di Babilonia (PHerc. 1004, coll. 64-70), pp. 119-140.

Joseph A. Ponczoch, PHerc. 1570: A Treatise on Poverty and Wealth, pp. 141-159.

Holger Essler, Falsche Götter bei Philodem (Di III Kol. 8, 5 – Kol. 10, 6), pp. 161-205.

Laura Giuliano, PHerc. 807: [Filodemo, De morte, libro incerto], pp. 207- 280.

Knut Kleve, Futile Criticism, pp. 281-282.

Gianluca Del Mastro, Osservazioni bibliologiche e paleografiche su alcuni papiri ercolanesi, pp. 283-299.

Martin Ferguson Smith, Diogenes of Oinoanda: News And Notes III (2008), pp. 301-312.

Agathe Antoni, Voyageurs français à la découverte d’Herculanum aux XVIIIème et XIXème siècles, pp. 313-330.

Maria Paola Guidobaldi-Domenico Esposito, Le nuove ricerche archeologiche nella Villa dei Papiri di Ercolano, pp. 331-370.

Notiziario, pp. 371-374.

Source: Papy-L