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Sunday, October 31, 2010

G.D. Bird, Multitextuality in the Homeric Iliad

Multitextuality in the Homeric Iliad

The Witness of Ptolemaic Papyri


Hellenic Studies Series 43

Graeme Bird examines a small group of early papyrus manuscripts of Homer’s Iliad, known as the Ptolemaic papyri, which, although fragmentary, are the oldest surviving physical evidence of the text of the Iliad, dating from the third to the first centuriesBCE.
These papyri have been described as “eccentric” or even “wild” by some scholars. They differ significantly from the usual text of the Iliad, sometimes showing lines with different wording, at other times including so-called “interpolated” lines that are completely absent from our more familiar version.
Whereas some scholars denigrate these papyri because of their “eccentricity,” this book analyzes their unusual readings and shows that in fact they present authentic variations on the Homeric text, based on the variability characteristic of oral performance.

F. Schironi, Τὸ μέγα βιβλίον To mega biblion : book-ends, end-titles, and coronides in papyri with hexametric poetry

To Mega Biblion: Book-Ends, End-Titles, and Coronides in Papyri with Hexametric Poetry

by Francesca Schironi

A systematic and chronoloical investigation into the nature and development of end-titles in papyrus rolls and codices of hexameter poetry from the III century BC through the VI century AD. The bulk of the evidence for presentation of hexametric verse derives from Homeric papyri (51 papyrus copies), although Hesiod's Theogony, Works & Days, and Shield(two), and Oppian's Halieutica likewise supply data (one). For comparative purposes the author also provides a sampling of end-titles in non-epic genres. The discussion of individual papyri and summation of the results are rich and informative. Includes bibliographical references, charts with comparative statistics, and pertinent indices. 

270p, 60 b/w illus. (American Society of Papyrologists 2010)

ISBN-13: 978-0-9799758-0-6
ISBN-10: 0-9799758-0-8

Hardback. Price US 

BASP in the news

A University of Cincinnati-based journal devoted to research on papyri is due out Nov. 1. That research sheds light on an ancient world with surprisingly modern concerns: including hoped-for medical cures, religious confusion and the need for financial safeguards.

Date: 10/29/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Andrew Higley

UC ingot   What’s old is new again. That’s the lesson that can be taken from the University of Cincinnati-based journal, “Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists,” due out Nov. 1.
Papyrus and Peter Van Minnen
UC's Peter Van Minnen, editor of the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists.

The annually produced journal, edited since 2006 by Peter van Minnen, UC associate professor of classics, features the most prestigious global research on papyri, a field of study known as papyrology. (Papyrology is formally known as the study of texts on papyrus and other materials, mainly from ancient Egypt and mainly from the period of Greek and Roman rule.)
It’s an area of research that is more difficult than you might think. That’s because it was common among antiquities dealers of the early 20th century to tear papyri pages apart in order to increase the number of pieces they could sell. 
Below are five topics treated in the upcoming 2010 volume of the “Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists.”  The five issues resonate with our own concerns today.

IOU cabbage

Katherine Blouin from the University of Toronto publishes on a papyrus text regarding a Greek loan of money with interest in kind, the interest being paid in cabbages. Such in-kind interest protected the lender from currency inflation, which was rampant after 275 AD – and no doubt also provided a convenient way to get groceries.
Hippo strapped for cash  
Cavan Concannon from Harvard University edits a Greek letter in which a priest of the hippopotamus goddess, Thoeris, asks for a money transfer he is waiting for. Such money transfers were for large amounts and required mutual cooperation between two banks in different places that had sufficient trust between them to accept one another’s “checks.”
“American Gladiators” ca. 300 AD
Sofie Remijsen of Leuven University in Belgium discusses a Greek letter in which the author details his visit to Alexandria in Egypt, at a time (ca. 300 AD) when the Roman Emperor Diocletian was also visiting the city – and demanding entertainment. The letter’s author, an amateur athlete, was selected to entertain the emperor in “pankration” (Greco-Roman wrestling with very few rules). He did poorly in this event and so challenged five others to do “pammachon,” which literally translates to “all-out fight,” with even fewer rules. The letter’s author fought five “pammachon” rounds, and it appears he won first prize.
Alternative medicine: Don’t try this at home
Magali de Haro Sanchez from Liège University in Belgium discusses magical texts from Greco-Roman Egypt that use technical terms for fevers (over 20), wounds, including scorpion bites and epilepsy. The “prescriptions” (magical spells) were as difficult-to-decipher as any written in modern medical scrawl. Here is a translation of an amulet against epilepsy written on gold leaf: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, our God, deliver Aurelia from every evil spirit and from every attack of epilepsy, I beg you, Lord Iao Sabaoth Eloai, Ouriel, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Sarael, Rasochel, Ablanathanalba, Abrasax, xxxxxx nnnnnn oaa iiiiiiiiii x ouuuuuuu aoooooooo ono e (cross) e (cross) Sesengenbarpharanges, protect, Ippho io Erbeth (magical symbols), protect Aurelia from every attack, from every attack, Iao, Ieou, Ieo, Iammo, Iao, charakoopou, Sesengenbarpharanges, Iao aeeuuai, Ieou, Iao, Sabaoth, Adonai, Eleleth, Iako.” 

 Spelling counts: Orthodoxy and orthography in early Christianity
An essay by William Shandruk from the University of Chicago examines the ways in which Christ and Christian are spelled in Greek papyri. Chrestos, which was pronounced the same way as Christos, was a common slave name meaning “good” or “useful.” Confused by this, representatives of the Roman government often misspelled Christ’s name “Chrestos” instead of “Christos” meaning “anointed” or “messiah.” They also called the early followers of Christ “Chrestianoi” rather than “Christianoi.” The early Christians themselves went with the Romans here and often spelled their own name “Chrestianoi,” but they stuck to the correct spelling “Christos” for Christ's name.

    Saturday, October 23, 2010

    Papyrological Summer Institute in Provo,

    Brigham Young University and the American Society of Papyrologists invite advanced graduate students and junior faculty in Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology, Religious Studies, and related disciplines, to participate in a papyrological summer institute in Provo, Utah from 20 June through 29 July, 2011. The institute's theme is Roman Egypt. The primary material will consist of Greek and some Coptic literary and documentary papyri from Graeco-Roman Egypt. The objective of the seminar is to teach participants how to read and use papyri and to provide them with the kind of practical experience that will enable them to make productive use of papyrus texts in their own research.

    Admission to the seminar is by application. Enrollment is limited to ten participants. Applications are welcome from qualified individuals without regard to institutional affiliation. No prior experience in papyrology is expected, but a high degree of competence in ancient Greek is essential. A full-time commitment to the activities of the summer institute is required of all participants, who are expected to be in residence in Provo for its duration. Participation in the seminar is free of charge and not for credit. Participants will neither be graded nor issued a transcript. The American Society of Papyrologists will provide a certificate of participation to those completing the seminar.  Housing will be provided at no charge to participants. The seminar will provide cash stipends of $1,000 to cover other expenses.

    Professors Roger Bagnall, Peter van Minnen, Klass Worp, Todd Hickey, Nikos Litinas, Maryline Parca, and Joshua Sosin will augment the faculty of BYU's Ancient Textual Imaging Group - Roger Macfarlane, Stephen Bay, Thom Wayment, Lincoln Blumell.

    Applications, including a completed application form (which can be accessed at http://atig3016.byu.edu/rtm_global/ApplicationForm2011.pdf ), current curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation, will be considered starting January 20, 2011 until all places are filled. Early application is encouraged.   Application can be made electronically to Dr. Roger Macfarlane at  macfarlane@byu.edu.

    Questions concerning the Summer Institute can also be addressed to Lincoln Blumell (Lincoln_blumell@byu.edu) and Thom Wayment (Thomas_wayment@byu.edu).

    All the best,
    Lincoln Blumell

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    T.J. Kraus - T. Niklas, Early Christian Manuscripts - Examples of Applied Method and Researc

    Early Christian Manuscripts - Examples of Applied Method and Research (ed. by Thomas J. Kraus and Tobias Nicklas; Texts and Editions for New Testament Study 5; Leiden: Brill, 2010):

    Early Christian Manuscripts
    Examples of Applied Method and Approach
    Publication year: 2010
    Series:Texts and Editions for New Testament Study, 5
    ISBN-13 (i):978 90 04 18265 3
    ISBN-10:90 04 18265 9
    Number of pages:xx, 243 pp.
    List price:€ 99.00 / US$ 141.00
    For the reconstruction of early Christianity, the lives of early Christians, their world of ideas, their ways of living, and their literature. Early Christian manuscripts - documents and literary texts - are pivotal archaeological artefacts. However, the manuscripts often came to us in fragmentary conditions, incomplete or with gaps and missing lines. Others appear to form a corpus, belong to an archive, or are connected with each other as far as theme or purpose are concerned. The present collection comprises of nine essays about individual or a set of certain manuscripts. With their essays the authors aim to present special approaches to early Christian manuscripts and, consequently, demonstrate methodically how to deal with them. The scope of topics ranges from the reconstruction of fragmentary manuscripts to the significance of amulets and from the discussion of individual fragments to the handling of the known manuscripts of a specific Christian text or a whole archive of papyri.


    Chapter One Reconstructing Fragmentary Manuscripts—Chances and Limitations (Thomas J. Kraus)
    Chapter Two Hunting for Origen in Unidentified Papyri: The Case of P.Egerton 2 (= inv. 3) (Rachel Yuen-Collingridge)
    Chapter Three Papyrus Oxyrhynchus X 1224 (Paul Foster)
    Chapter Four Is P.Oxy. XLII 3057 the Earliest Christian Letter? (Lincoln H. Blumell)
    Chapter Five 𝔓50 (P.Yale I 3) and the Question of its Function (John Granger Cook)
    Chapter Six The Reuse of Christian Texts: P.Macquarie inv. 360 + P.Mil.Vogl.inv. 1224 (𝔓91) and P.Oxy. X 1229 (𝔓23) (Don Barker)
    Chapter Seven Papyri, Parchments, Ostraca, and Tablets Written with Biblical Texts in Greek and Used as Amulets: A Preliminary List (Theodore de Bruyn)
    Chapter Eight The Egyptian Hermas: The Shepherd in Egypt before Constantine (Malcolm Choat and Rachel Yuen-Collingridge)
    Chapter Nine The Babatha Archive, the Egyptian Papyri and their Implications for Study of the Greek New Testament (Stanley E. Porter)
    Index ............................................................................................................. 239

    Agathe Antoni et al., Miscellanea Papyrologica Herculanensia, volumen I,

    Miscellanea Papyrologica Herculanensia, volumen I, a cura di Agathe Antoni, Graziano Arrighetti, M. Isabella Bertagna, Daniel Delattre, 2010, 348 pages. 

    Première publication du réseau européen TELEPHe (Traduire en langues européennes les papyrus d'Herculanum) fondé à Lille en 2006, cet ouvrage rassemble vingt contributions (en français, italien et anglais)  des membres de ce réseau, jeunes chercheurs et spécialistes confirmés. Dédié à Francesca Longo Auricchio, vice-présidente du Centro Internazionale per lo Studio dei Papiri Ercolanesi "Marcello Gigante" (CISPE), à l'occasion du 40e anniversaire de sa fondation célébré à Paris en juin 2009, il montre de façon éloquente la richesse et la vitalité des études sur les papyrus d'Herculanum en Europe aujourd'hui. La réalisation du volume a été rendue possible grâce au soutien de l'Université de Pise et de l'Institut de France. 

    Collana diretta da Graziano Arrighetti, Mauro Tulli
    Fabrizio Serra editore, Pisa - Roma

    ISSN 1723-4433

    Il primo volume della Biblioteca di Studi Antichi vide la luce nel 1974. La BSA nacque come iniziativa pisana, destinata in primo luogo ad accogliere ricerche pensate e prodotte da studiosi di antichità classica nell'ambito delle istituzioni universitarie pisane, legati da comunanza di idee e di metodologie; ma questa impronta originaria - tuttora gelosamente custodita - non ha impedito che ben presto la collana si sia aperta ad accogliere contributi di studiosi di altre parti d'Italia e di fuori Italia. Comunque quelle idee e quei metodi di ricerca che segnarono alle sue origini la collana restano ancora il principio ispiratore anche nell'inevitabile, e auspicato progresso e sviluppo degli studi.

    The first volume of the 
    Biblioteca di Studi Antichi series was published in 1974. A Pisan enterprise, BSA publishes primarily research in Classical Antiquity conducted at the University of Pisa by the Faculty and the alumni of this old and prestigious institution. Since its very beginnings, the series also included original works by scholars from other institutions in Italy and abroad.

    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    M. Capasso (ed.), Hermae. Scholars and Scholarship in papyrology. II,

    M. Capasso (ed.), Hermae. Scholars and Scholarship in papyrology. II, Biblioteca degli «Studi di Egittologia e di Papirologia», 7, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa-Roma 2010, pp. 128 con figure in bianco / nero n.t. (brossura/paperback)

    Mario Capasso, Preface;
    Natascia Pellé, Amedeo Peyron (1785-1870)
    Alessandro Capone, Anthony Charles Harris (1790-1869)
    Giovanni Indelli, Domenico Comparetti (1835-1927)
    Pasquale Massimo Pinto, Harold Idris Bell (1879-1967)
    Luigi Lehnus, Edgar Lobel (1888-1982)
    Moshe Amit, Victor (Avigdor) Tcherikover (1894-1958)
    Vanna Maraglino, Goffredo Coppola (1898-1945)
    Roger S. Bagnall, Naphtali Lewis (1911-2005)
    Carla Balconi, Orsolina Montevecchi (1911-2009)
    Andrea Jördens, Erich Lüddeckens (1913-2004)
    Giuliana Leone, Wolfgang Schmid (1913-1980)
    Marie-Hélène Marganne, Robert Cavenaile (1918-2007)
    Cornelia Eva Römer, Reinhold Merkelbach (1918-2006)
    Basil G. Mandilaras, Ioannes Triantaphyllopoulos (1921-2006)
    Alain Martin, Georges Nachtergael (1934-2009)
    Andrea Jördens, Carsten Peter Thiede (1952-2004)
    Dorothy J. Thompson, Dominic Montserrat (1964-2004)
    Appendix I. José O'Callaghan, S. I. (1922-2001), Bibliography (by Mercedes Palau-Ribes O'Callaghan)
    Appendix II. Bibliographical update to Hermae (by Natascia Pellé

    ISBN: 978-88-6227-338-1

    Per acquisti: Fabrizio Serra Editore www.libraweb.net <http://www.libraweb.net>
    Per cambi: Centro di Studi Papirologici dell’Università del Salento, Lecce
    Via V.M. Stampacchia, 45, 73100 Lecce
    mario.capasso@unisalento.it  oppure cspapiri@unisalento.it

    «Studi di Egittologia e di Papirologia» 7 (2010),

    «Studi di Egittologia e di Papirologia» 7 (2010), Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa-Roma 2010, pp. 96

    Mario Capasso, Pour Georges Nachtergael, pour un ami
    Francesca Angiò, Il nuovo Posidippo (2008-2009)
    Carolin Arlt, The mummy labels from the University of Michigan Collection and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Ann Arbor
    Sergio Daris, Interpretazioni nizzoliane
    Basil G. Mandilaras, Some Notes on Papyrology in Greece
    Georges Nachtergael, De quelques stèles funéraires grecques d'Abydos et de Coptos;
    Massimiliano Ornaghi, POxy xv 1802, fr. 3, col. II 1-7 (= 29-35 Hunt): un frammento del Perì teon di Apollodoro di Atene?
    Enzo Puglia, Una nota sul frammento tragico adespoto 702 K.-S.

    I S S N  1724-6156
    Per acquisti: Fabrizio Serra Editore www.libraweb.net <http://www.libraweb.net>
    Per cambi: Centro di Studi Papirologici dell’Università del Salento, Lecce
    Via V.M. Stampacchia, 45, 73100 Lecce
    mario.capasso@unisalento.it  oppure cspapiri@unisalento.it


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

    Die 14. 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 hinzugekommen:

    O.Strasb. II
    P.Eirene III
    P.Gen. IV
    P.Jena II
    P.Köln XII
    P.Narm. 2006
    P.Oxy. LXXV
    P.Schøyen II

    Saturday, October 09, 2010

    ZPE 174 (2010)


    Battistoni, F., Note al nuovo decreto dall’area di Caronia (ZPE 170)

    Benaissa, A., Thonis and Enteleu: Two ‘Ghost’ Villages of the Oxyrhynchite Nome

    Benedetti, L. – Spadoni, M. C., Su alcune are con dedica ad Augusto da Perugia (CIL XI 1923)

    Blänsdorf, J. – Kropp, A. – Scholz, M., „Perverse agas, comodo hoc perverse scriptu(m) est“ ein Fluchtäfelchen aus Köln

    Broux, Y. – Coussement, S. – Depauw, M., καὶ ὡς χρωματίζει  and the Importance of Naming in Roman Egypt

    Campbell, V. L., The Epitaph of Aulus Umbricius Scaurus (CIL X 1024): A Reconsideration 

    Colombo, M., Correzioni testuali ed esegetiche all’epigrafe di Aurelius Gaius (regione di Kotiaeum in Phrygia)

    Cromwell, J., Ἐν ὀνόματι τοῦ θεοῦ πανθακράτορος. Variation and Specificity in Christian Invocation Formulae from Jeme Dana, D., Une nouvelle épitaphe grecque tardive de Bulgarie

    De Carlo, A., Novità sul cavaliere beneventano di III sec. C. Caelius C. f. St. Bassaeus Donatus Verzobius. Rilettura di CIL IX 1640 + 1599

    Di Bari, M. F., Dobree o Dindorf? Sulla paternità di un emendamento ad Ar. Thesm. 1203

    Di Marco, M., Meropes nel Phoinikides di Stratone comico 

    Eck, W., Zu alten und neuen Inschriften aus Caesarea Maritima. Vorarbeiten für den 2. Band des CIIP – Ein Altar aus Caesarea Maritima und ein neues Dokument für den nordsyrischen Gott Turmasgade

    Eck, W. – Holder, P. – Pangerl, A., A Diploma for the Army of Britain in 132 and Hadrian’s
    Return to Rome from the East

    Eck, W. – Ivanov, R., Etcheto, H., Des Scipions plébéiens: l’origine familiale du tribun de la plèbe P. Cornelius Scipio (Orestinus)

    Fell, M., Neue Inschriften aus Palairos II Fishwick, D., Agrippa and the Ara Providentiae at Rome Führer, R., Ein Papyrusakzent in Call. fr. 112, 4 Pf. 

    Gutzwiller, K., The Demon Mosquito Hartmann, A., Ein Berber im römischen Bayern? Eine Neulesung zu CIL III 5905 = 11906 (IBR 255/CSIR I 1,504)

    Hartwig, A., The Date of the Rhabdouchoi and the Early Career of Plato Comicus 

    Heilporn, P., Encore Ailios Didumos

    Holt, F. L., Bayer’s Coin of Eucratides: A Miscalculation Corrected

    Kassel, R., Servilius Damokrates in Pap. Ant. III 139 und 186

    Kiel-Freytag, A., Betrachtungen zur Usurpation des Illus und des Leontius (484–488 n. Chr.)

    Kovács, P. – Lőrincz, B., Neue lateinische Inschriften aus Komitat Komárom-Esztergom I–Zwei Votivinschriften aus Ratiaria in der Provinz Moesia superior           

    Kreiler, B. M., Zur Datierung eines Volksbeschlusses von Thasos und zum makedonischen Statthaltersitz im 2. Jh. v. Chr.

    Kruschwitz, P., Attitudes Towards Wall Inscriptions in the Roman Empire 

    Lapini, W., POxy. 70.4762, r. 8: la donna e l’asino

    Luppe, W., Nochmals zum Michigan-Papyrus mit Hexametern P. Mich. Inv. Nr. 4926a

    Molle, C., Una stele iscritta da Interamna Lirenas

    Nikolosi, A., Hippon. fr. o195 Dg. (= *116 W.2): marginalia

    van Oppen de Ruiter, B., The Death of Arsinoe II Philadelphus: The Evidence Reconsidered

    Petrain, D., More Inscriptions from the Tabulae Iliacae

    Petzl, G. – Staab, G., Vier neue Epigramme aus Lydien

    Poli, F., Deux épitaphes latines inédites dans les musées français

    Rathmann, M., Ein neuer Meilenstein für die Germania inferior

    Sánchez, P. – Schubert, P. – Volokhine, Y., Une dédicace grecque de l’époque impériale tardive trouvée à Hermonthis (Ermant, Haute-Égypte)           

    Schindel, N., Ein Militärdiplomfragment aus Moesia inferior (136 n. Chr.)           

    Stein, M., Zum christlichen Homercento SGO 19/21/02 (IV p. 231 sq.)

    Vacante, S., Un frammento di stele monumentale da Mitilene (IG XII 2, 8): confronti e ipotesi di datazione

    West, M. L., Rhapsodes at Festivals: Addenda

    Zwierlein, O., Die Datierung der acta Iohannis und der Papyrus Kellis Gr. Fragm. A.I

    Review:Maren Schentuleit, Günter Vittmann (ed.), "Du hast mein Herz zufriedengestellt ...". Ptolemäerzeitliche demotische Urkunden aus Soknopaiu Nesos. Corpus Papyrorum Raineri Bd. 29

    Maren Schentuleit, Günter Vittmann (ed.), "Du hast mein Herz zufriedengestellt ...". Ptolemäerzeitliche demotische Urkunden aus Soknopaiu Nesos. Corpus Papyrorum Raineri Bd. 29. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009. Pp. vii, 203; xiv p. of plates. ISBN 9783110207415. $154.00. 
    Reviewed by Peter C. Nadig, Freie Universität Berlin

    M. Schentuleit and G. Vittmann have produced a high quality edition of nine demotic papyri from Soknopaiu Nesos (CPR XXIX). These Ptolemaic documents were found in 1891, partially acquired by Erzherzog Rainer three years later, and are now in the National Austrian Library in Vienna. Except for text 8 (= P. Wien D 6846 = P. Zauzich 535-549), none of these papyri dating from 142 to 42 BC has been published before. The editors concentrated on some of the poorly preserved or less legible papyri, with a view to providing a firm foundation for future scholars (VII). The book's title "Du hast mein Herz zufriedengestellt" ("you have satisfied my heart") is from a formula often found in demotic documents.

    etc at BMCR