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Recent publications of papyri & ostraca 4th BC-8th AD; conferences, lectures etc. from Papy-L and other sources as noted. PLEASE SEND SUGGESTIONS

Sunday, June 29, 2014

T.G. WIlfong, A.W.S. Ferrara, Karanis Revealed: Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt

Karanis Revealed: 
Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egyptedited by T.G. Wilfong and Andrew W.S. Ferrara
200 pages (152 illus.)
Kelsey Museum Publication, 7
Kelsey Museum Publications
Paperback (July 2014)
ISBN-13 9780974187396
ISBN-10 0974187399
Not yet published

The 1924-1935 University of Michigan excavations at the Graeco-Roman period Egyptian village of Karanis yielded thousands of artifacts and extensive archival records of their context. The Karanis material in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library Papyrology Collection forms a unique body of information for understanding life in an agricultural village in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. In 2011 and 2012, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology presented the exhibition Karanis Revealed in two parts, using artifacts from the excavations and archival material to explore aspects of the site and its excavation in the 1920s and 1930s. As preparation for the exhibition progressed, it became clear that part of the story of the Michigan Karanis expedition lay in the current and ongoing research on the material it yielded by curators, faculty, staff, and students from the University of Michigan. Such projects include new work on known artifacts and papyri, the discovery or rediscovery of important unpublished artifacts and archival sources, new field research at Karanis, and even sonic investigations of the site and its history. The present volume summarizes the recent exhibition and presents some of the new research that helped inspire it.


Karanis in the Kelsey Museum Archives (Sebastián Encina)

Notes on Three Archival Sources for the Michigan Karanis Excavations: The Record of Objects Books, the Division Albums, and the Peterson Manuscript (T. G. Wilfong)

J.G. Keenan, J.G.. Manning, U. Yiftach-Firanko edd., Law and Legal Practice in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest

Law and Legal Practice in Egypt from Alexander to the Arab Conquest
A Selection of Papyrological Sources in Translation, with Introductions and Commentary
James G. Keenan, Loyola University, Chicago
J. G. Manning, Yale University, Connecticut
Uri Yiftach-Firanko, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Cambridge University Press

SBN: 9780521874526

The study of ancient law has blossomed in recent years. In English alone there have been dozens of studies devoted to classical Greek and Roman law, to the Roman legal codes, and to the legal traditions of the ancient Near East among many other topics. Legal documents written on papyrus began to be published in some abundance by the end of the nineteenth century; but even after substantial publication history, legal papyri have not received due attention from legal historians. This book blends the two usually distinct juristic scholarly traditions, classical and Egyptological, into a coherent presentation of the legal documents from Egypt from the Ptolemaic to the late Byzantine periods, all translated and accompanied by expert commentary. The volume will serve as an introduction to the rich legal sources from Egypt in the later phases of its ancient history as well as a tool to compare legal documents from other cultures.

1. Introduction and historical framework

2. The historical development of the form, content and administration of legal documents

3. The languages of law

4. The family

5. Capital

6. Sale

7. Leases

8. Labor

9. Slavery and dependency in Greco-Roman Egypt

10. The judiciary system in theory and practice.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

R. Mazza, Papyri, Collectors and the Antiquities Market: a Survey and Some questions

Papyri, Collectors and the Antiquities Market: a Survey and Some Questions. Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference, Amelia, Italy, June 27-29, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Conference: 'Institutions in villages in Egypt from the early Roman to the Fatimid period' (UC London)

conference web site

Thursday 3 July
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:45 Micaela Langellotti (London) Introduction
9:45-10:30 Mario C. D. Paganini (Copenhagen) Private associations and village life in early Roman Egypt
10:30-11:15 François Lerouxel (Université Paris-Sorbonne) Private banks in villages of Roman Egypt

11:15-11:45 Tea/Coffee Break

11.45-12:30 Andrea Jördens (Heidelberg) Feste und Feierlichkeiten im Hinterland
12:30-13:15 Roberto Mascellari (Florence) Security, legality and police procedures in Roman Egypt: the role of village officials in the submission of complaints

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:00 Thomas Kruse (Vienna) The organisation of the state farmers and its role in village administration
15:00-15:45 Maria Nowak (Warsaw) Village or town: Does it matter in legal terms?

15:45-16:15 Tea/Coffee Break

16:15-17:00 Silvia Strassi (Padua) Presbyteroi nell'Egitto romano: i casi di Bakchias e Karanis
17:00-17:45 Micaela Langellotti (London) Record-offices in villages in Roman Egypt

18:00-19:30 Drinks reception

Friday 4 July
9:00-9:45 Lajos Berkes (Heidelberg) Fiscal Institution or Local Community? The Village koinon in Late Antiquity (4th–8th centuries)
9:45-10:30 Roberta Mazza (Manchester) Associations (koina) in villages and minor localities of the Apion estate between reality and documentary formulas
10:30-11:15 Gesa Schenke (Oxford) The Monastery of Apa Apollo as Landowner and Employer

11:15-11:45 Tea/Coffee Break

11:45-12:30 Arietta Papacostantinou (Reading) The lashane and the ‘great men’: secular authority in villages of the Umayyad period
12:30-13:15 Yossef Rapoport (London) Tribal institutions in Ayyubid Fayyum (1243 CE)

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:00 Dominic Rathbone (London) Conclusions
15:00-15:30 Discussion

Conference: From Egypt to Manchester: Unravelling the John Rylands Papyrus Collection

The University of Manchester Library
The John Rylands Research Institute

From Egypt to Manchester: Unravelling the John Rylands Papyrus Collection
Convenor: Dr Roberta Mazza, Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, John Rylands Research Institute Research Fellow

Christie Seminar Room, The John Rylands Library, Thursday, 4 – Saturday, 6 September 2014

Welcome and opening of the conference

Marco Perale (Oxford-Liverpool):
The Rylands Hexameter Adespota

Andrea Filoni (Milan):
P. Ryl. 24: an Exegetical Commentary on the Iliad?

Maria Chiara Scapaticcio (Naples-Paris):
Reading, Rereading and Annotating Cicero in the Eastern Roman Empire: towards a New Edition of P.Ryl. III 477

3:30 -4:00
Coffee Break

Roberta Mazza (Manchester):
Unravelling the Rylands Papyri: Results of the Pilot Project

Caroline Checkley-Scott, T. Higson (Manchester):
Yes We Care - but We Can Help You too! The Work of the Collection Care Team in Supporting Papyrus Research

Carol Burrows, Jamie Robinson, Gwen Riley Jones (Manchester):
Imaging the John Rylands Papyri


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5 September, Friday morning
David Ratzan (New York):
"Under Contract" in Roman Egypt: P.Ryl. II 128 in Context

William Mundy (Manchester):
Whose Archive Is It, Anyway? The Rylands Petitions from Euhemeria and the Archephodos Archive

Coffee Break

Hannah Cotton (Jerusalem):
P.Ryl. 608 and 623: The Revolution in the Style of the Latin Letter of Recommendation

James Corke-Webster (Edinburgh):
From Paperwork to Persecution: the Rylands Decian Libelli in Context


Lunch Break
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5 September, Friday afternoon (venue: Historic Reading Room)
AnneMarie Luijendijk (Princeton):
Unravelling the Oldest Septuagint Manuscript (P.Ryl. III 458)

Brent Nongbri (Sydney):
Palaeography, Precision, and Publicity: Some Further Thoughts on P52

Coffee Break

Thomas Kraus (Neumarkt):
Small in Size, but Fabulous Artefacts: P.Ryl. III 463, P.Ryl. I 28 and Late Antique Miniature Books

Todd Hickey (Berkeley):
Grenfell, Kelsey, and the Dealers

Elizabeth Gow (Manchester):
Enriqueta Rylands: Private Collector of a Public Library

5.00- 5.30

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6 September, Saturday morning
Joanne Marie Robinson (Manchester):
'I Have Made You My Wife': Family and Financial Implications of Demotic Marriage Settlements in the John Rylands Library

Luigi Prada (Oxford):
The Group of Early Demotic Servitude Contracts in the John Rylands Collection, or the Misfortunes of Peftuawykhons Son of Heribastet (P.Ryl.Dem. 3–7)

Coffee Break

Foy Scalf (Chicago):
Papyrus Rylands Hieratic 6: A Copy of the First and Second Books of Breathing

Campbell Price (Manchester):
Dedicating a Statue in Saite Egypt: Thoughts on P. Rylands IX 7, 17-19

Jeremy Pope (Williamsburg):
Historicity and Verisimilitude in Papyrus Rylands IX


1:00 – 2:00
Lunch Break
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6 September, Saturday afternoon
Jenny Cromwell (Sydney-Manchester):
Fugitives, Taxes, and Women: The Rylands Contribution to the History of the Monastery of Apa Thomas

Mohamed Ahmed Abdellatif (Mansoura):
The Tax System in Egypt in the Early Islamic Period in the Light of some Arabic Papyri from the John Rylands Papyrus Collection and Other Collections

Nikolaos Gonis (London):
Documents of the Islamic Period at Manchester and Some Sister Pieces

Discussion and Closing over Coffee
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S. Emmel on the Codicology of the of Simulated Gospel of John fr. Associated with the Gospel of Jesus Wife

Guest Post: Stephen Emmel – The Codicology of the New Coptic (Lycopolitan) Gospel of John Fragment (and Its Relevance for Assessing the Genuineness of the Recently Published Coptic “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” Fragment)

Some weeks ago, Christian Askeland discovered a crucial piece of evidence that must now necessarily be the basis for any scientifically founded opinion as to the genuineness of the Coptic papyrus fragment called the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.” The new evidence is a second papyrus fragment from the same source, with a part of the Gospel of John in one of the “Lycopolitan” dialects of Coptic. Because the text of the John fragment is known from Herbert Thompson’s 1924 edition of the fourth-century “Qau codex” (a few minor textual variants notwithstanding), and because the John fragment appears to have belonged to a codex leaf, it is possible to calculate hypothetically the approximate reconstructed dimensions of the complete leaf.

etc. at Alin Suciu's blog

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ariel G. Lopez, Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty

Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty Rural Patronage, Religious Conflict, and Monasticism in Late Antique 
University of California Press
Egypt Ariel G. Lopez (Author) 

 Shenoute of Atripe: stern abbot, loquacious preacher, patron of the poor and scourge of pagans in fifth-century Egypt. This book studies his numerous Coptic writings and finds them to be the most important literary source for the study of society, economy and religion in late antique Egypt. The issues and concerns Shenoute grappled with on a daily basis, Ariel Lopez argues, were not local problems, unique to one small corner of the ancient world. Rather, they are crucial to interpreting late antiquity as a historical period—rural patronage, religious intolerance, the Christian care of the poor and the local impact of the late Roman state. His little known writings provide us not only with a rare opportunity to see the life of a holy man as he himself saw it, but also with a privileged window into his world. Lopez brings Shenoute to prominence as witness of and participant in the major transformations of his time. 

Preface Introduction: “Rustic Audacity” 
 1. Loyal Opposition 
 2. A Miraculous Economy 
 3. Rural Patronage: Holy and Unholy 
 4. The Limits of Intolerance Conclusion Appendix 
A: The Chronology of Shenoute’s Life and Activities 
 Appendix B: The Sources List of Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index Hardcover, 254 pages ISBN: 9780520274839 
February 2013 
$75.00, £52.00

PN updates


We write with some PN updates. Mark Depauw recently visited Duke for a few days of intensive work aimed at enhancing TM/PN interoperation. Some of the fruits of this work are now visible.

If you navigate to a text, say, http://papyri.info/ddbdp/p.diosk;;1 , you will find a selection of TM data, including

* Publications
* Inventory number
* Reuse information
* Date
* Language
* Provenance, with link out to TM geo
* Archive, with link out to TM Archives
* Links out to TM People and TM Georef

Information drawn from TM is also searchable, rather simply for now. Examples: (1) You cannot yet limit a search by  the archive of Dioskourides the phrourarchos, but if you search metadata for "Dioskourides phrourarchos" you will find items that TM attributes to the same. (2) Likewise, you cannot yet limit a search by TM provenance data, but if you search metadata for "Herakleopolis" you will find items to which TM assigns that as provenance. (3) The same applies to inventory numbers. If you search for "P. G 4876" you will find P.Phrur.Diosk. And so on. Note: In all cases, you will be searching HGV, APIS, and TM. So, you will find *any* publication in which one of the three resources contains the given string.

We hope before very long to roll out a series of operational enhancements as well, for example search faceting on TM data (as currently supported for HGV and APIS data).

Also, some of you will have noticed that the PN sometimes produces erroneous aggregations of text and metadata. The cause of this problem is the old DDbDP 'dummy headers', which indicate republication information. Once we have aligned all HGV and TM publication information we can deprecate the old DDbDP reprint data, and then add re-direct/autofill assistance for users attempting to navigate to a deprecated edition. This will both fix the aggregation problem and provide better navigation as well as abbreviation resolution.

All of this is possible owing to the excellent work of the TM team (and the careful design of their database) and the DC3's Hugh Cayless and Ryan Baumann. Thanks Mark, Ryan, and Hugh!

josh sosin

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Images of New Testament Papyrinat Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts & The International Greek New Testament Project

Papyrus and Manuscript images

Transcriptions of Minor Coptic witnesses

Example: a transcript of NT P22

Around the Web

Faces & Voices
Book binding cartonnage: a Rylands intermezzo
Looting: A Call for Action 

B.Jones, "Three New Coptic Papyrus Fragments of 2 Timothy and Titus (P.Mich. inv. 3535b)"

Larry Hurtado's response to B. Nongbri's article on Bodmer papyrus P66 

 Nicola Reggiani, A corpus of literary papyri online: the pilot project of the medical texts via SoSOL

Friday, June 06, 2014

J. Bauschatz, Law and Enforcement in Ptolemaic Egypt

Law and Enforcement in Ptolemaic Egypt
AUTHOR: John Bauschatz
DATE PUBLISHED: October 2013
FORMAT: Hardback
ISBN: 9781107037137
Cambridge University Press

This book examines the activities of a broad array of police officers in Ptolemaic Egypt (323–30 BC), and argues that Ptolemaic police officials enjoyed great autonomy, providing assistance to even the lowest levels of society when crimes were committed. Throughout the nearly 300 years of Ptolemaic rule, victims of crime in all areas of the Egyptian countryside called on local police officials to investigate crimes; hold trials; and arrest, question, and sometimes even imprison wrongdoers. Drawing on a large body of textual evidence for the cultural, social, and economic interactions between state and citizen, John Bauschatz demonstrates that the police system was efficient, effective, and largely independent of central government controls. No other law enforcement organization exhibiting such a degree of autonomy and flexibility appears in extant evidence from the rest of the Greco-Roman world.

1. Introduction: the place of police

2. The officer corps – police administration and hierarchy: the Phylakitai

3. The officer corps – police administration and hierarchy: civil and military police

4. Agents of appeal: petitions and responses

5. Busting and booking: arrest, investigation, detention, resolution

6. The strong arm of the law: security and muscle

7. Conclusion.

John Bauschatz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on Greek and Roman social history, Greek papyrology, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, and crime in antiquity. He has been named a National Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (2013–14) and has published in such journals as The Classical Bulletin, The Classical Journal, Syllecta Classica and Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Article and Reviews available on JSTOR, 2012-2013 sv papyri

Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East (Sather Classical Lectures 69) by R.S. BAGNALL
Review by: J.A. Baird
The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 132 (2012), pp. 207-208

Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East by Roger S. Bagnall
Review by: Alan Millard
Classical Philology, Vol. 107, No. 4 (October 2012), pp. 375-379

Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East. (Sather Classical Lectures 69.) by R.S. Bagnall
The Classical Review, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 2 (OCTOBER 2012), pp. 570-573

Culture in Pieces: Essays on Ancient Texts in Honour of Peter Parsons by D. Obbink, R. Rutherford
Review by: Max Goldman
Mnemosyne, Fourth Series, Vol. 65, Fasc. 4/5 (2012), pp. 801-804

Greek Manuscripts at Princeton, Sixth to Nineteenth Century: A Descriptive Catalogue by Sofia Kotzabassi, Nancy Patterson Ševčenko, Don Skemer
Review by: Leslie Brubaker
Speculum, Vol. 87, No. 2 (APRIL 2012), pp. 575-577

Galen and the Library at Antium: The State of the Question
Pier Luigi Tucci
Classical Philology, Vol. 108, No. 3 (July 2013), pp. 240-251

Ancient Science in a Digital Age
Daryn Lehoux
Isis, Vol. 104, No. 1 (March 2013), pp. 111-118

Alessandro Vatri
The Classical Quarterly, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 2 (DECEMBER 2012), pp. 633-647

New Testament
The Earliest Manuscript Title of Matthew's Gospel (BnF Suppl. gr. 1120 ii 3 / 𝔓 4 )
Simon Gathercole
Novum Testamentum, Vol. 54, Fasc. 3 (2012), pp. 209-235

P.Oxy. 2383 (P 69 ) One More Time
Thomas A. Wayment
Novum Testamentum, Vol. 54, Fasc. 3 (2012), pp. 288-292

Reading New Testament Papyri in Context—Lire les papyrus du Nouveau Testament dans leur contexte. (= BETL 242) by Claire Clivaz, Jean Zumstein, Jenny Read-Heimerdinger, Julie Paik
Review by: Juan Chapa
Novum Testamentum, Vol. 54, Fasc. 4 (2012), pp. 399-400

Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus by Jodi Magness
Review by: Zeba Crook
Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 80, No. 1 (MARCH 2012), pp. 246-248

Greek Commentaries
Francesca Schironi
Dead Sea Discoveries, Vol. 19, No. 3, The Rise of Commentary: Commentary Texts in Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman and Jewish Cultures (2012), pp. 399-441

The Use of Greek at Qumran: Manuscript and Epigraphic Evidence for a Marginalized Language
Matthew Richey
Dead Sea Discoveries, Vol. 19, No. 2 (2012), pp. 177-197
Treatments of language use at Qumran have tended to marginalize the evidence for Greek language use among the Covenanters, on the basis of the observation that far more of the surviving texts are written in Hebrew or Aramaic. This paper examines the meager evidence for Greek use at the site—including the sole Greek documentary text, 4Q350, recently published epigraphic evidence, and the enigmatic Greek letters of the Copper Scroll (3Q15)—in an attempt to recognize the importance of Greek for everyday intramural business and for maintaining economic contact with exterior communities. Manuscript and epigraphic survivals demonstrate that the Covenanters' use of Greek can be characterized as primarily occurring in the context of day-to-day economic transactions, business, and trade. The evidence suggests that, like the Bar Kokhba rebels, the Covenanters attempted to "purify" their discourse and way of life, but economic realities nevertheless encouraged periodic communication in the Greek language.

The Qumran Pesharim as Biblical Commentaries Historical Context and Lines of Development
Daniel A. Machiela
Dead Sea Discoveries, Vol. 19, No. 3, The Rise of Commentary: Commentary Texts in Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman and Jewish Cultures (2012), pp. 313-362
Past study of the pesharim from Qumran as biblical commentaries has comprised a number of scholarly approaches and proposed lines of influence. Two major areas of focus in this regard have been various ancient Near Eastern (Mesopotamian and Egyptian) texts on the one hand, and, more recently, Hellenistic commentaries on the other. Only intermittently have earlier studies included close examination of the modi operandi and content of this literature in comparison with the pesharim. This article undertakes a more comprehensive and detailed comparison of the pesharim with relevant ancient Near Eastern and Hellenistic texts than found in earlier studies, attempting to identify salient similarities and differences. While the pesharim bear the unmistakable influence of Jewish Aramaic dream-vision interpretation at the micro-exegetical level, this connection fails to adequately account for the pesharim as whole texts. Here Hellenistic commentaries may have proven influential, though the correlation is far from complete and the Egyptian Demotic Chronicle warns against too confidently drawing lines of direct influence.
Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his World. (Mnemosyne Supplements 300.) by P. McKechnie, P. Guillaume
Review by: SHEILA L. AGER
The Classical Review, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 2 (OCTOBER 2012), pp. 564-566

Marriage or Mirage? The Phantom Wedding of Cleopatra and Antony
Sheila L. Ager
Classical Philology, Vol. 108, No. 2 (April 2013), pp. 139-155
see esp. § 4. The Evidence of Papyrology and Numismatics

5. Symposium zur ägyptischen Königsideologie / 5th Symposium on Egyptian Royal Ideology. Palace and Temple. Architecture — Decoration — Ritual. Cambridge, July 16 th —17 th , 2007. Königtum, Staat und Gesellschaft früher Hochkulturen 4, 2 by Rolf Gundlach, Kate Spence
Review by: Joachim Friedrich Quack
Die Welt des Orients, Bd. 42, H. 1 (2012), pp. 128-130

The Classical Quarterly, New Series, Vol. 63, No. 1 (MAY 2013), pp. 209-236

Bureaucratic Language in the Correspondence between Pliny and Trajan
Transactions of the American Philological Association (1974-), Vol. 142, No. 2 (Autumn 2012), pp. 189-238

Caillan Davenport
Papers of the British School at Rome, Vol. 80 (2012), pp. 89-123

Reading Greek Poetry Aloud: Evidence from the Bacchylides Papyri
Gregory Nagy
Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica, New Series, Vol. 64, No. 1 (2000), pp. 7-28

New Menander Mosaics from Antioch
Kathryn Gutzwiller, Ömer Çelik
American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 116, No. 4 (October 2012), pp. 573-623

The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 132 (2012), pp. 139-155
This article investigates how flight in battle is presented in the newly discovered Archilochus fragment (P.Oxy LXIX 4708) and compares it to the Homeric treatment of the issue. It argues that the traditional dichotomy between scholars who see Archilochus as 'subverting' epic values and those who see him as continuous with them is too simplistic, and that the new poem provides clear evidence of a more nuanced approach to epic material. The fragment's approach reflects many of the subtleties found in Homeric attitudes to flight, and in this respect we see Archilochus using the cultural authority of epic to add weight to his argument. Nevertheless, the choice of the Telephus myth, which tells the story of a mistaken conflict, is an ironic one, and the narrative foregrounds the ways in which the Achaeans at Mysia fall short of heroic norms and perhaps casts aspersions on the contemporary scenario to which the mythological conflict appears to be compared. Hence the poem contains competing strands of consolation, celebration of an aristeia and mockery in a way which demonstrates Archilochus' varied and subtle relationship to epic.
The Archaeology of the Epigrams from the "Tabulae Iliacae": Adaptation, Allusion, Alteration
David Petrain
Mnemosyne, Fourth Series, Vol. 65, Fasc. 4/5 (2012), pp. 597-635

Ares AIΔHΛOΣ: On the Text of Iliad 5.757 and 5.872
Joel Christensen
Classical Philology, Vol. 107, No. 3 (July 2012), pp. 230-238

Multitextuality in the Homeric "Iliad". The Witness of the Ptolemaic Papyri. (Hellenic Studies 43.) by G.D. Bird
The Classical Review, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 1 (APRIL 2012), pp. 8-10

Callimaco. "Aitia". Libro terzo e quarto. (Biblioteca di Studi Antichi 92.) by G. Massimilla
Review by: PETER E. KNOX
The Classical Review, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 1 (APRIL 2012), pp. 98-100

—Images and Texts on the "Artemidorus Papyrus". Working Papers on P.Artemid. (St. John's College Oxford, 2008). (Historia Einzelschriften 214.) by K. Brodersen, J. Elsner
—Il papiro di Artemidoro. Convegno Internazionale di Studio Rovereto, 29—30 aprile 2009. (Atti della Accademia Roveretana degli Agiati, ser. 8, vol. 9, A, fasc. 2.2.) by L. Canfora
—Artemidorus Ephesius. P.Artemid. sive Artemidorus personatus. Edidit brevique commentario instruxit Societas emunctae naris. (Ekdosis 7.) by L. Canfora
The Classical Review, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 2 (OCTOBER 2012), pp. 442-448

Arabic Texts
Texts from the Early Islamic Period of Egypt: Muslims and Christians at Their First Encounter. Arabic Papyri from the Erzherzog Rainer Collection, Austrian National Library, Vienna. (Nilus: Studien zur Kultur Ägyptens und des Vorderen Orients 15.) by Lejla Demiri, Cornelia Römer
Review by: Wadad Kadi
Speculum, Vol. 87, No. 3 (JULY 2012), pp. 861-862

Miscellanea Papyrologica Herculanensia. Volumen I. (Biblioteca di Studi Antichi 93.) by A. Antoni, G. Arrighetti, M. I. Bertagna, D. Delattre
The Classical Review, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 1 (APRIL 2012), pp. 102-104

Miscellanea Papyrologica Herculanensia I (Biblioteca di Studi Antichi 93) by A. ANTONI, G. ARRIGHETTI, M. BERTAGNA, D. DELATTRE
Review by: Richard Janko
The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 132 (2012), pp. 182-183

Philodemus, "On Death". (Writings from the Greco-Roman World 29.) by W. B. Henry
Review by: JEFF FISH
The Classical Review, New Series, Vol. 62, No. 1 (APRIL 2012), pp. 105-107

Magical Practice in the Latin West: Papers from the International Conference Held at the University of Zaragoza, 30 Sept.–1 Oct. 2005. (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World.) by Richard L. Gordon, Franciscó Marco Simón
Review by: Naomi Janowitz
Numen, Vol. 59, No. 4 (2012), pp. 406-409

Review Article
Roman Inscriptions 2006-2010
The Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 102 (2012), pp. 172-286

'Interpreting' at Vindolanda: Commercial and Linguistic Mediation in the Roman Army
Rachel Mairs
Britannia, Vol. 43 (2012), pp. 17-28

Note from the Roman Palace at Fishbourne (Sussex): A Roman Magic Lead Figurine?
Magali Bailliot, Robert Symmons
Britannia, Vol. 43 (2012), pp. 249-260

On the "Gesta municipalia" and the Public Validation of Documents in Frankish Europe
Warren C. Brown
Speculum, Vol. 87, No. 2 (APRIL 2012), pp. 345-375

The Economic History of the Medieval Middle East: Strengths, Weaknesses, and the Challenges Ahead
Shatzmiller, Maya.
International Journal of Middle East Studies 44.3 (Aug 2012): 529-531.

Abstract (summary)
One may say that our field has had a respectable crop of scholars engaged in research and numerous important publications to its credit. Past investigations of the agricultural sector have included excellent coverage of taxation systems and tax rates, good coverage of cultivation methods and crops, not very thorough coverage of landholding patterns, and almost no studies of productivity rates. For the manufacturing sector we have very good coverage of manufacturing techniques and good coverage of labor organization and division of labor but little on the productivity rates of individual sectors such as textiles, on apprenticeship and wages for either skilled or unskilled labor, or on the relationship of wages to prices. We have important studies on both regional and long-distance trade and commerce, including on routes and trade-related institutions and on tools of trade such as credit and investment partnerships (qirÄd/commenda), and related studies regarding urbanization, exchange, and markets. The auxiliary fields of numismatics and archeology have yielded important studies on coinage and minting and on settlement patterns that are likely to improve our grasp of the economic history of the medieval Middle East. We also have at our disposal volumes of statistical data, collected from literary and documentary sources, on prices, wages, commodities, weights, measures, and coins. Several online projects scrutinizing data from primary sources, mainly papyri and Geniza documents, yield more figures, though mostly on the economic history of early Islamic societies. Among the lacunae are studies related to topics such as economic institutions, property rights, standards of living and inequality, GDP estimations, sector productivity, market integration, exogenous shocks, and economic growth.

Alex Metcalfe
Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, Sixth Series, Vol. 22 (2012), pp. 37-55

This paper investigates the development of land registry traditions in the medieval Mediterranean by examining a distinctive aspect of Latin, Greek and Arabic formularies used in boundary clauses. The paper makes particular reference to Islamic and Norman Sicily. The argument begins by recalling that the archetypal way of defining limits according to Classical Roman land surveyors was to begin ab oriente. Many practices from Antiquity were discontinued in the Latin West, but the idea of starting with or from the East endured in many cases where boundaries were assigned cardinal directions. In the Byzantine Empire, the 'Roman' model was prescribed and emulated by Greek surveyors and scribes too. But in the Arab-Muslim Mediterranean, lands were defined with the southern limit first. This contrast forms the basis of a typology that can be tested against charter evidence in frontier zones — for example, in twelfth-century Sicily, which had been under Byzantine, Muslim and Norman rulers. It concludes that, under the Normans, private documents drawn up in Arabic began mainly with the southern limit following the 'Islamic' model. However, Arabic descriptions of crown lands started mainly in the 'Romano-Byzantine' way. These findings offer a higher resolution view of early Norman governance and suggest that such boundary definitions of the royal chancery could not have been based on older ones written in the Islamic period.