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Sunday, August 12, 2012

C.H. Cosgrove, An Ancient Christian Hymn with Musical Notation


An Ancient Christian Hymn with Musical Notation
Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786: Text and Commentary

In this book, Charles Cosgrove undertakes a comprehensive examination of Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1786, an ancient Greek Christian hymn dating to the late third century that offers the most ancient surviving example of a notated Christian melody. The author analyzes the text and music of the hymn, situating it in the context of the Greek literary and hymnic tradition, ancient Greek music, early Christian liturgy and devotion, and the social setting of Oxyrhynchus circa 300 C.E. The broad sweep of the commentary touches the interests of classical philologists, specialists in ancient Greek music, church historians, and students of church music history.

Text and Commentary
2011. XI, 232 pages. STAC 65

ISBN 978-3-16-150923-0
sewn paper € 69.00

J.H.F. Dijkstra, Syene I: The Figural and Textual Graffiti from the Temple of Isis at Aswan

In Ancient Egypt, especially in the Graeco-Roman period, the practice was widespread for worshippers to leave graffiti on the walls of temples, often with religious intentions. Graffiti from temples are therefore a treasure trove for the study of personal piety in Ancient Egypt, as well as in later periods when temples remained attractive to Christians. The present study, the first final report of the excavations at ancient Syene (Aswan) conducted since the year 2000 by the Swiss Institute for Architectural and Archaeological Research on Ancient Egypt and the Supreme Council of Antiquities, is among the first to study together all graffiti (352 in total, both figures and texts) from a single temple, the temple of Isis at Aswan, ranging in date from the 3rd century BCE until the 19th century CE, and to place them within their architectural context. The graffiti provide us with many fascinating snapshots of religious life, and other activities, in the long period in which the building was used and reused. 

239 Seiten, mit 36 s/w Tafeln und einer CD; 26,5 x 35cm; Gebunden; Englisch;
ISBN 978-3-8053-4395-4

Jitse Dijkstra is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Ottawa. He has published widely on several aspects of Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt, in particular the monograph Philae and the End of Ancient Egyptian Religion. A Regional Study of Religious Transformation (298-642 CE) (2008). Since 2001, he is a member of the joint archaeological mission of the Swiss Institute and the Supreme Council of Antiquities at Aswan.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Ancient Textual Imaging Group: New Multispectral Images online

The Ancient Textual Imaging Group at Brigham Young University is pleased to draw Papy-L readers’ attention to a collection of multispectral images of damaged papyrological texts. The papyri and ostraka are owned by Columbia University, The University of California’s Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, and the University of Michigan. A generous grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (PW-50427-09) made the work possible.

The multispectral images of texts — over 400 discreet texts, counting rectos and versos — are fully accessible on the internet through the landing page at Brigham Young Univesity’s Harold B. Lee Library: http://lib.byu.edu/sites/scholarsarchive/college-of-humanities/byu-multi-spectral-imaging-project/
 Any questions about the collection may be directed to Roger Macfarlane at atig@byu.edu.

New Series: Papyri form the Green Collection

Corporate News - Publishing News
Date:  2012, August 01

Brill announces a new forthcoming book series -- The Green Scholars Initiative: Papyrus Series, Edited by Dirk Obbink and Jerry Pattengale – that includes rare, unpublished papyri texts from the private Green Collection. Jeffrey Fish is serving as the volume one editor.
Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) -- 1 August 2012

Brill has signed an agreement to publish The Green Scholars Initiative: Papyrus Series, edited by Dirk Obbink and Jerry Pattengale – a new book series that will include rare, unpublished papyri texts from the private Green Collection. Brill is quite pleased with the collaboration and looks forward to working with the Green Scholars Initiative (GSI). The collection itself is an untapped repository of extremely significant papyri, and the GSI provides access to the leading specialists in the field working on the project.

Dirk Obbink (University of Oxford) directs the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection and publications, and  Jerry Pattengale (Indiana Wesleyan University and Baylor University) directs GSI, is a prolific author, international speaker, and oversees the publication of all Green Collection and GSI research projects.

The new series fits well among Brill’s strong portfolio of Classical Studies and Biblical and Religious Studies publications, as well as its extensive list of digitized primary source manuscript collections. Comprising of one to two new volumes per year, the new series will publish approximately 20 papyri with a thorough description, commentary with images, and web-based support for further resources. The first forthcoming volume in the series, planned to be released in early 2013, is dedicated to an early 3rd BCE papyrus containing an extensive, undocumented work by Aristotle on reason, and is currently being analyzed by a research group at Oxford University.

The Green Collection contains over 50,000 items, and now holds nearly 15,000 papyri acquired from private collections in Europe, and continues to grow. The collection is approximately 70% Greek, 15% Coptic and 15% late Egyptian. The collection is currently unpublished and contains items of extraordinary importance, including some of the earliest Greek literary texts known, dating to the early 3c BCE. A major building near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. was purchased in July 2012 to house an international museum for these items.

For more information about this forthcoming new book series, contact Senior Acquisitions Editor Suzanne Mekking (mekking@brill.nl).