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Friday, June 22, 2012

Forthcoming this year from De Gruyter

De Gruyter: Papyrology

Literarische Texte der Berliner Papyrussammlung
Zur Neueröffnung des Ägyptischen Museums

[Literary Texts in the Berlin Papyrus Collection]

Ed. by Reiter, Fabian

Series: Berliner Klassiker Texte 10

Aims and Scope
In celebration of the reopening of the permanent exhibition of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection at the ‘Neues Museum,’ this volume presents editions of previously unpublished Greek and Latin literary texts of the Berlin papyrus collection. Numerous papyrologists from all over the world present both known and previously unknown literary and semi-literary texts of various genres and specialist fields.

Dokumentarische Texte der Berliner Papyrussammlung

Zur Neueröffnung des Ägyptischen Museums

[Documentary Texts in the Berlin Papyrus Collection]

Ed. by Reiter, Fabian

Series: Berliner Griechische Urkunden 20

Aims and Scope
In celebration of the reopening of the permanent exhibition ofthe Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection at the ‘Neues Museum,’ this volume presents editions of previously unpublished Greek documents of the Berlin papyrus collection. Numerous papyrologists from all over the world provide valuable insights into the administration, everyday life and legal world of Graeco-Roman Egypt.

Tsantsanoglou, Kyriakos

Of Golden Manes and Silvery Faces

The Partheneion 1 of Alcman
Series: Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes 16

Aims and Scope
Ever since the papyrus containing Alcman’s Partheneion was first published in 1863, classicists have been faced with one of the hardest riddles of their scholarship. Although the language was more or less clear, the meaning of many verses and the character of the poem remained elusive. Therefore it is not surprising that during the century and a half that has elapsed since then, a large bibliography has piled up, disproportionate to the mere 101 surviving verses of the enigmatic poem. This book presents a verse-by-verse commentary to the text with a number of new textual and interpretative proposals based on a detailed inspection of the papyrus. Numerous new readings are made in particular to the Scholia to the Partheneion, greatly elucidating not only questions of interpretation but also problems concerning the composition of the chorus, the number of its members, the identity of the protagonist girls, the social context, as well as questions of performance. The girlish story that lurks in the background but actually forms the framework of the poem now becomes more clear, revealing at the same time the didactic objective of the poet. A new edition of the Partheneion and the Scholia is offered at the end, together with a new translation of the poem.

Azzarello, Giuseppina

Il dossier della "domus divina" in Egitto
Con un contributo di T. M. Hickey

Series: Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete - Beihefte 32

Aims and Scope
The private property of the imperial family (domus divina) is a subject of great importance for the study of the Byzantine Empire. A group of texts from the Oxyrhynchites proves to be a fruitful source for the reconstruction of previously uncertain aspects of the administration and extension of imperial domains. The volume presents for the first time the complete papyrological dossier of the domus divina in the area of Oxyrhynchus, and undertakes an analysis of the administrators’ tasks as well as an identification of the estates and their employees.
La proprietà privata della famiglia imperiale (domus divina) è un tema di particolare importanza per lo studio dell'impero bizantino. Un gruppo di testi, provenienti dalla regione dell'Oxyrhynchites si rivela un terreno privilegiato di ricerca per la ricostruzione di aspetti ancora oscuri della gestione e dell'espansione delle proprietà. Il volume propone per la prima volta il dossier papirologico della domus divina nella regione ossirinchita, l'analisi dei compiti degli amministratori, l'individuazione delle località di proprietà imperiale e dei loro lavoratori.

Poethke, Günter / Prignitz, Sebastian / Vaelske, Veit

Aktenbuch des Aurelios Philammon
Prozessberichte, Annona militaris und Magie in BGU IV 1024-1027

["File" of Aurelius Philammon. Reports of Proceedings, Annona militaris and Magic in Berlin Papyri BGU IV 1024-1027]

Series: Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete - Beihefte 34

Aims and Scope
In 1904, with only the briefest commentary, Wilhelm Schubart published the text of the best-preserved Egyptian papyrus codex under the title Aus einem Aktenbuche (“From a File”). These papyri include reports of legal proceedings, receipts for provisions requisitioned for the Roman army, an official collection letter, and texts dealing with magic. While the pages containing lists were not included in the initial publication, they are included here with revised editions and commentary about all the texts, thus providing us with crucial insights regarding their interrelationships, and, in particular, about the author of the codex.

M.R.M. Hasitzka, Koptisches Sammelbuch IV

M.R.M. Hasitzka, Koptisches Sammelbuch IV
Mitteilungen aus der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek,
XXIII. Folge, Band 4

Das Buch ist ab jetzt zu einem Ladenpreis von 99,95 Euro im Buchhandel und direkt über den Verlag erhältlich.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Monika Hasitzka
Dr. Monika Hasitzka
Koptologin der Papyrussammlung und des Papyrusmuseums
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Josefsplatz 1, A-1015 Wien
Tel.: (+43 1) 534 10-428
Fax.: (+43 1) 534 10-395
FBG Handelsgericht Wien
E-mail: monika.hasitzka@onb.ac.at

M. Vierros, Bilingual Notaries in Hellenistic Egypt.

Bilingual Notaries in Hellenistic Egypt:
 A study of Greek as a second language
Series: Collectanea Hellenistica   
Authors: Marja VIERROS 

In the Upper Egyptian town Pathyris nearly twenty bilingual family archives have been found, dating to the second and first centuries BCE. They contain different types of documents, but contracts play an important role. Most of the Greek contracts were written by notaries (agoranomoi), whose native language was Egyptian. This study describes the language contact situation in Hellenistic Egypt in general and in Pathyris in particular. Notarial offices and scribal families in Upper Egypt are also discussed.
The main focus of the study is a thorough phonological and morpho-syntactic analysis of the Greek language of the bilingual notaries. With the help of handwriting analysis, we get close to studying idiolects. Some of the notaries had more transfer features from their first language than others. Especially a notary called Hermias used creative strategies to avoid certain Greek structures and his Greek seems to present a learner's interlanguage with first and second language structures intertwining.

Preface 11 List of Figures and Tables 13 Abbreviations and Glosses 14 Map of Ptolemaic Egypt 16
1.1 Subject and Structure of the Study …  17 
1.2 Material  … 19 
1.2.1 Notarial Corpus  … 19 
1.2.2 Archives of Pathyris  … 21 
1.3 Linguistics and Papyri – Methods and Terminology …  22 
1.4 Earlier Studies  … 25
2.1 Greek and Egyptian 2 … 9 
2.2 The Bilingual Literate Elite  … 35 
2.3 Languages and Ethnicity  … 39
2.3.1 Ethnics  … 40 
2.3.2 Onomastics  … 45 
2.4 Mixed Marriages and Bilingual Families  … 49 
2.5 Conclusion  …  52
3.1 Historical and Administrative Setting …  56 
3.2 Language Choice …  57 
3.3 Evidence from the Archives  … 60
  • 3.3.1  Correspondence of Soldiers  … 60 
  • 3.3.2  Archive of Peteharsemtheus, Son of Panobchounis  … 62 
  • 3.3.3  Archive of Horos, Son of Nechouthes  … 64 
  • 3.3.4  Archive of Dryton, Apollonia and their Descendants  … 66 
  • 3.3.5  Archive of Pelaias, Son of Eunous alias Nechouthes  … 68 
  • 3.3.6  Lawsuit Archive  … 69 
  • 3.3.7  Archives of the Temple and of the Priest Harsiesis,
    Son of Schotes  … 70 
3.4 Conclusion  … 70
4.1 Agoranomic Documents  … 74 
4.1.1 Formats and Elements …  74 
4.1.2 Name of the Agoranomos  … 76 
4.1.3 Contract Proper  … 77 
4.1.4 Signature of the Notary  … 78
4.1.5 Registration  … 79
  • 4.2  Agoranomic Offices in the Thebaid  … 81 
    • 4.2.1  Offices and Careers of the Notaries in Krokodilon Polis
      and Pathyris  … 82 
    • 4.2.2  The Office in Diospolis Megale  … 86 
    • 4.2.3  The Office in the Memnoneia  … 87 
    • 4.2.4  The Office in Hermonthis  … 87 
    • 4.2.5  Offices with Less Evidence  … 88 
  • 4.2.6 Agoranomion Xenikon  … 89 
  • 4.3  Authorship – Who Wrote the Agoranomic Documents?  … 90 
    • 4.3.1  Hands and Authorship  … 91 
    • 4.3.2  Formulaic Differences  … 97 
    • 4.3.3  Copies  … 98 
  • 4.4  Egyptian Background of the Notaries  … 100 
    • 4.4.1  The Family of the Agoranomoi: Asklepiades, Areios,
      Ammonios and Hermias  … 101 
    • 4.4.2  Learning the Profession …  104 
  • 4.5  Conclusion  … 105 
  • 5.1  Vowels 109 5.1.1 /i/, // and /e/ …  110 
  • 5.1.2 Front vs. Middle and Back Vowels …  113 
  • 5.1.3 Rounded Back Vowels ο ~ ω ~ ου  … 114 
  • 5.2  Consonants  … 116 
  • 5.3  Priests and Priestesses in the Dating Formula: ε ~ ει in
    Prevocalic Position  … 118 
5.4 Iota Adscriptum and Word Final ς  … 121 
5.4.1 Prepositional Phrase: Optional Use of the Iota Adscriptum …  123 
5.4.2 Penalty Clause  … 125 
5.4.3 Iota Adscriptum in Verbal Forms  … 126 
5.4.4 Pronouns 127 5.4.5 Iota Adscriptum within a Word …  128
5.4.6 Names and Titles: Absent and Hypercorrect Iota Adscripta
and Word Final Sigmas  … 128 
5.5 Conclusion  … 136
6.1 Phrase Initial Inflection  … 140 
6.1.1 Personal Names as Phrase Initial Elements  … 141 
6.1.2 Pronouns, Articles and Participles as Phrase Initial Elements …  143 
6.1.3 Physical Description  … 145 
6.1.4 Use of the Accusative in a Phrase Final Position  … 146
6.2 Predominant Nominative …  147 
6.2.1 Nominative+Accusative with Infinitive  … 148 
6.2.2 Guardian Clause  … 152 
6.2.3 Participles  … 154
6.3 Price – Accusative or Genitive?  … 155
6.4 Similar Endings in Different Declensions 158 
6.4.1 Second and Third Declensions 158 
6.4.2 Irregular Inflection: γυνή 165 
6.4.3 Ending in –-ης 167
6.5 Inflection of Names 167 
6.6 Conclusion 173
7.1 Relative Clause Construction 177 
7.1.1 Warranty Clause 178 
7.1.2 ... which he himself bought... 191 
7.1.3 Neighbors 192
7.2 Filiation and the Definite Article in the Genitive Plural 195 
7.2.1 Presentation of the Phenomenon 195 
7.2.2 Interpretation 200
7.3 Object in Sales – Accusatives and Genitives 204 
7.3.1 Alternatives for Presenting the Sold Item in Sale Contracts 204 
7.3.2 Confusions between the Accusatives and the Genitives 207 
7.3.3 Parts and Shares – Parallels in Demotic …  213 
7.3.4 More Participles in the Same Clause …  215 
7.3.5 Donations and Apostasia 220
7.4 Conclusion 221 CHAPTER 8. GENERAL CONCLUSIONS 225
APPENDIX A. Corpus Concordances 231 
Document Concordance …  232 
Editorial Concordance 237 
List of Photographs and Loci Exemplorum …  241
APPENDIX B. Genealogy of the Family of the Agoranomoi …  245 
APPENDIX C. Structure of the Agoranomic Contract and Three Samples 247 
APPENDIX D. Document Groups: Scribal Practices and Variation 261

Bibliographical Abbreviations  … 265
General Index … 283

Saturday, June 16, 2012

More Papyri under the hammer at Sotheby's

Sotheby's: From the Schøyen Collection

(thanks to Malcolm Choat for the link.)


sixᅠ fragmentsᅠ (ofᅠ aᅠ papyrusᅠ scroll),ᅠ theᅠ largestᅠ three:ᅠ 95mm.ᅠ byᅠ 105mm.,ᅠ 30mm.ᅠ byᅠ 120mm.ᅠ andᅠ 58mm.ᅠ byᅠ 60mm.,ᅠ withᅠ partsᅠ ofᅠ twoᅠ columnsᅠ withᅠ upᅠ toᅠ 23ᅠ lines,ᅠ inᅠ aᅠ smallᅠ uprightᅠ Greekᅠ literaryᅠ majuscule,ᅠ fromᅠ bookᅠ 16:ᅠ 2-15,ᅠ 32-37,ᅠ 40-43,ᅠ 47-61,ᅠ 75-91ᅠ (theᅠ songᅠ ofᅠ Patroklos,ᅠ theᅠ companionᅠ ofᅠ Achilles),ᅠ someᅠ rubbingᅠ inᅠ placesᅠ andᅠ discolourationᅠ toᅠ edgeᅠ ofᅠ oneᅠ fragment,ᅠ elseᅠ goodᅠ condition,ᅠ mountedᅠ inᅠ perspexᅠ byᅠ Fackelmannᅠ (seeᅠ below),ᅠ inᅠ aᅠ quarterᅠ moroccoᅠ fittedᅠ caseᅠ gilt.


fifty-threeᅠ singleᅠ sheetᅠ documents,ᅠ theᅠ largestᅠ 560mm.ᅠ byᅠ 210mm.,ᅠ comprisingᅠ (a)ᅠ twenty-threeᅠ inᅠ Greekᅠ diplomaticᅠ cursiveᅠ handsᅠ (7ᅠ complete,ᅠ 15ᅠ nearᅠ completeᅠ andᅠ 1ᅠ fragment),ᅠ 5ᅠ withᅠ remainsᅠ ofᅠ clayᅠ sealsᅠ (2ᅠ partlyᅠ detached);ᅠ (b)ᅠ thirtyᅠ inᅠ Demoticᅠ inᅠ Ptolemaicᅠ diplomaticᅠ cursiveᅠ handsᅠ (1ᅠ complete,ᅠ 13ᅠ nearᅠ completeᅠ andᅠ 16ᅠ fragments);ᅠ overallᅠ inᅠ excellentᅠ condition,ᅠ eachᅠ documentᅠ unrolledᅠ andᅠ mountedᅠ byᅠ theᅠ Britishᅠ Museumᅠ conservatorᅠ forᅠ E.N.ᅠ Adler,ᅠ nowᅠ setᅠ individuallyᅠ withinᅠ glassᅠ inᅠ brownᅠ cloth-coveredᅠ slipcases,ᅠ theᅠ wholeᅠ withinᅠ 12ᅠ brownᅠ cloth-coveredᅠ boxes.


Aᅠ fragment,ᅠ 85mm.ᅠ byᅠ 111mm.,ᅠ partᅠ ofᅠ 14ᅠ linesᅠ present,ᅠ inᅠ aᅠ smallᅠ lateᅠ classicalᅠ Greekᅠ uncialᅠ withoutᅠ wordᅠ division,ᅠ upperᅠ marginᅠ aboutᅠ 16mm.ᅠ highᅠ andᅠ lateralᅠ marginᅠ aboutᅠ 22mm.ᅠ wide,ᅠ veryᅠ defective,ᅠ onlyᅠ aboutᅠ 3ᅠ linesᅠ substantiallyᅠ intactᅠ andᅠ othersᅠ withᅠ largeᅠ centralᅠ lacunaᅠ andᅠ otherᅠ lossesᅠ ofᅠ text,ᅠ versoᅠ veryᅠ fadedᅠ andᅠ difficultᅠ toᅠ read,ᅠ dampstainedᅠ andᅠ surfaceᅠ cockled,ᅠ betweenᅠ glass,ᅠ inᅠ aᅠ fittedᅠ redᅠ moroccoᅠ caseᅠ gilt.


2ᅠ largeᅠ pieces,ᅠ fromᅠ differentᅠ leavesᅠ butᅠ placedᅠ adjacentlyᅠ toᅠ formᅠ aᅠ leaf,ᅠ upᅠ toᅠ 190mm.ᅠ byᅠ 200mm.,ᅠ upᅠ toᅠ 18ᅠ lines,ᅠ writtenᅠ inᅠ aᅠ fineᅠ largeᅠ uprightᅠ well-spacedᅠ Copticᅠ uncial,ᅠ someᅠ abbreviationsᅠ forᅠ nominaᅠ sacra,ᅠ edgesᅠ defectiveᅠ onᅠ twoᅠ sides,ᅠ someᅠ cracksᅠ discreetlyᅠ repaired,ᅠ betweenᅠ perspex.

LOT 14

2ᅠ verticalᅠ strips,ᅠ eachᅠ fromᅠ aᅠ fullᅠ columnᅠ height,ᅠ 304mm.ᅠ byᅠ 63mm.ᅠ andᅠ 310ᅠ byᅠ 65mm.,ᅠ left-handᅠ edgesᅠ croppedᅠ andᅠ crenellatedᅠ withᅠ 7ᅠ rectanglesᅠ removedᅠ toᅠ fitᅠ aroundᅠ theᅠ 7ᅠ sewing-stationsᅠ ofᅠ aᅠ binding,ᅠ 26ᅠ well-spacedᅠ linesᅠ ofᅠ aᅠ "regularᅠ statelyᅠ uncial"ᅠ (Lowe),ᅠ theᅠ bowᅠ ofᅠ 'A'ᅠ attenuatedᅠ andᅠ pointed,ᅠ upperᅠ bowᅠ ofᅠ 'B'ᅠ formingᅠ aᅠ smallᅠ triangle,ᅠ theᅠ hastaᅠ ofᅠ 'E'ᅠ high,ᅠ noᅠ wordᅠ division,ᅠ laidᅠ outᅠ 'perᅠ colaᅠ etᅠ commata',ᅠ someᅠ rubbingᅠ andᅠ creasing,ᅠ minorᅠ stains,ᅠ otherᅠ wear,ᅠ betweenᅠ perspex,ᅠ inᅠ aᅠ quarterᅠ redᅠ moroccoᅠ fittedᅠ caseᅠ giltᅠ [byᅠ Nelloᅠ Nanni,ᅠ Newᅠ York],ᅠ includingᅠ theᅠ printedᅠ bookᅠ inᅠ whichᅠ theᅠ piecesᅠ wereᅠ found.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Corrigenda to the P.Oxy. Location List

Note the following corrections to the Oxyrhynchus Online online Location List

12:Corn. Dept of Rare Books, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, N.Y. 14850, USA
—These papyri are now part of the University of Michigan Collection, searchable via APIS.

46:Vict. The Library, Victoria University, Toronto 5, Canada
—These papyri are in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, searchable via APIS (sv Toronto).

Online Imgaes for Distributed Oxyrhynchus Papyri Pt One: Dayton OH United Theological Smeinary

O'Brien Library, United Theological Seminary, Dayton OH
These are the texts were formerly part of the Ambrose Swasey Library, Colgate Rochester 

Crozer Divinity School in 2007

or here, and search for Papyri (also finds vellum)

1. P. Oxy. 1256: List of priests under age. 
2. P. Oxy. 1265: Affidavit of priestly rank.
3. P. Oxy. 1300: Letter of Peter. 
4. P. Oxy. 1351: Leviticus xxvii.
—— P.Oxy.1353 = no. 30 below
5. P. Oxy. 1382: Tale of Sarapis and Syrion. 
6. P. Oxy. 1423: Authorization for the arrest of a slave.  
7. P. Oxy. 1445: Report on unproductive land. 
8. P. Oxy. 1462: Two notifications of cessions. 
9. P. Oxy. 1471: Contract of loan. 
10. P. Oxy. 1494: Christian letter.
11. P. Oxy. 1520: Receipt for poll tax and pig tax. 
12. P. Oxy. 1548: Census return of an inhabitant of Oxyrhynchus. 
13. P. Oxy. 1583: Letter to a friend. 
14. P. Oxy. 1592: Early Christian letter. 
15. P. Oxy. 1601: Homily on spiritual warfare. 
16. P. Oxy. 1638: Division of an inheritance. 
17. P. Oxy. 1669: Letter of Horion to Serenus. 
18. P. Oxy. 1675: Letter to Ischyrion. 
19. P. Oxy. 1691: Lease of 3 arourae at Senokomis by a woman. 
20. P. Oxy. 1707: Sale of a female ass for 600 drachmae. 
21. P. Oxy. 1721: Contract between Platonis and Heras concerning an inheritance.  
22. P. Oxy. 1722: Agreement with a princeps.  
23. P. Oxy. 1733: Account of expenditure.  
24. P. Oxy. 1748: Account of payments for transport.  
25. P. Oxy. 1755: Invitation to dinner at the table of the lord Sarapis.  
26. P. Oxy. 1760: Letter referring to delivery of grain.  
27. P. Oxy. 1768: Letter from Heraclius.   
28. P. Oxy. 1780: St. John's Gospel viii.  
29. P. Oxy. 1784: Constantinopolitan Creed. 
30. P.Oxy.1353: 1 Peter 5:6-12 
31. P.Oxy.1459: Return of Unwanted Land  
32. P.Oxy.1678: Letter, Theon to Mother  
33. P.Oxy.1688: Extension of Lease  
34. P.Oxy.1728: Account of Receipts and Expenditures  
35. P.Oxy.1756: Letter, Sarapion to Father  
36. P.Oxy.1775: Letter, Plutarchus to Theoninus 

E.G. Turner, GMAW to be re-issued.

Reblogged from Brice Jones' The Quaternion

E.G. Turner's Greek Manscripts of the Ancient World is Coming Back in Print!

This is such exciting news. Turner's GMAW is the standard work on paleography still today. It went out of print years ago, and the good used copies that do appear online sell for hundreds of dollars. I am extremely happy to learn of this development. My only hope is that the ICS will make the volume affordable to researchers. One of the directors of the Institute of Classical Studies in London informed me that they are planning a reprint of Eric G. Turner's Greek Manuscripts of the Ancient World (GMAW) and have the images which will be required. They will be keeping me posted about the timeline. Although there is no word yet on a date for publication, the ICS person estimated "6 months to a year." 

G. Batianini - A Casanova, I PAPIRI OMERICI

Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi. Firenze,9-10 giugno 2011
a cura di Guido Bastianini e Angelo Casanova
(Studi e Testi di Papirologia, N.S. 14)
Firenze, Istituto Papirologico «G. Vitelli» 2012
pp. VIII + 296 + XVI tavv.
ISBN 978 88 87829 47 1

F. Montanari, La papirologia omerica: temi, problemi, prospettive (pp. 1-16)

P. Parsons, Homer: papyri and performance (pp. 17-27)

G. Cavallo – L. Del Corso, 1960-2011: mezzo secolo dopo gli Aperçus de paléographie homérique di William Lameere (pp. 29-63)

A. Ciampi, Aspetti del rotolo in età romana (pp. 65-78)

M. Cantilena, Oralità, tradizione, testo: tre dimensioni della questione omerica (pp. 79-95)

L. Pagani – S. Perrone, Le ekdoseis antiche di Omero nei papiri (pp. 97-124)

J.-L. Fournet, Homère et les papyrus non littéraires: le poète dans le contexte de ses lecteurs (pp. 125-157)

J.A. Fernández Delgado, La parafrasi omerica nei papiri scolastici (pp. 159-176)

G. Zanetto, Dario Del Corno e i papiri di Omero (pp. 177-194)

J. Lundon, P.Köln inv. 2281v + P.Palau Rib. inv. 147v: un glossario al primo libro dell’Iliade (pp. 195-211)
A. Nodar, Papiri omerici senza segni di lettura (pp. 213-229)

A.C. Cassio, Papiri omerici e ricostruzione linguistica (pp. 231-241)

F. Pordomingo, Homero en los papiros escolares de época helenística (pp. 243-271)

L. Canfora – R. Pintaudi, Dionigi Sidonio, Aristarco, Aristotele in un commentario omerico su papiro (PL III/979) (pp. 273-278)

G. Bastianini, Un codice dell’Iliade da Antinoe: PSI XIII 1298 (pp. 279-292)

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Coptic Manichaen Psalm Sold at Christies'

A VERY EARLY MANICHAEAN PSALM TEXTOde on the Judgement of God on a papyrus leaf in AKHMIMIC COPTIC

Lot Description

A VERY EARLY MANICHAEAN PSALM TEXT, Ode on the Judgement of God on a papyrus leaf in AKHMIMIC COPTIC
[Egypt, possibly Akhmim, 3rd or 4th century]
245 x 196mm. 35 lines written in the Akhmimic dialect of Coptic in black ink in 3mm-high Coptic half-uncials, similar to Schoyen Collection MS 2337 (worn, loss affecting ten lines of text, some soiling). Framed in glass.

Feinberg posits that this must be ONE OF THE EARLIEST COPTIC LITERARY TEXTS EXTANT, and certainly as far as Gnostic writings go it seems earlier than or at least contemporaneous with the Chester Beatty Manichaean papyri (see C.R.C. Allberry, Manichaean Manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Collection, vol II: 'A Manichaean Psalm Book Part II', Stuttgart, 1938). Manichaeism, a major Gnostic religion originating in Sassanid-era Babylonia, thrived between the third and seventh centuries, reaching Egypt by the middle of the third century. Its founding prophet Mani (c.216-276) preached an intricate dualistic cosmology that juxtaposed a good, spiritual world of light and an evil, material world of darkness. The text of the present manuscript, which is substantial, contains references to the serpent (line 10: 'even as a serpent ceases [its] strike, that [serpent] hears [and] speaks to them), to Patek (line 11), to Adam (lines 11-12: 'Adam as you [are] of God you [are] a son of God') and to Genesis 3.2 (line 30: 'Weep for me all ye trees which [are] in paradise'). After his conversion to Christianity, Augustine of Hippo, once a Manichaean himself, would become one of its most vociferous critics and denounce its followers as pseudo-Christians and 'children of the serpent' in his Contra Faustum Manichaeum.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Berliner Papyrusdatenbank (BerlPap)

  • Projektbeschreibung

    Das seit November 2010 von der DFG geförderte Projekt „Digitalisierung von Papyri und Ostraka der Papyrussammlung Berlin, Bereitstellung einer Datenbank mit den Bildern im Internet“ hat zum Ziel, digitale Abbildungen und alle relevanten Informationen zu 6000 in griechischer und latei­nischer Sprache verfaßten Texten auf einer Website im Internet zu präsentieren.
    Die betreffenden Originale werden in hoher Qualität auf einem Auflichtscanner gescannt und zusammen mit Angaben zu Inhalt, Datierung, Herkunft und Erwerbungsgeschichte der Schriftstücke durch die Internet-Datenbank zugänglich gemacht. Es ist geplant, durch Verlinkung mit anderen Fach­da­tenbanken den Bildern auf der Internetseite jeweils Originaltext und Übersetzung gegenüberzustellen.
    Die Internet-Datenbank wird somit allen Altertumswissenschaftlern und am antiken Ägypten Interessierten eine reiche Auswahl an hochwertigen Abbildungen der Originalobjekte zur Ansicht und zum Studium bereitstellen und eine Fülle von Erkenntnissen über das Leben im griechisch-römischen Ägypten bieten.
    In der Vorbereitung des Projektes haben wir tatkräftige Unterstützung durch zahlreiche Kollegen und Partnerprojekte erhalten. Ein besonderer Dank geht an Prof. D. Hagedorn und Dr. J. Cowey für die Bereitstellung der Metadaten im Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der griechischen Papyrusurkunden Ägyptens (HGV) sowie an Proff. W. Clarysse und M. Depauw, die uns die Metadaten der Leuven Database of Ancient Books (LDAB) zu den Berliner Texten zur Weiternutzung überlassen haben.
    Dr. Fabian Reiter (ÄMP)
    Wiss. Bearbeitung
    Marius Gerhardt, M.A. (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, DFG)
    Anna Monte, M.A. (DFG)

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