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Abbreviations and Symbols  

Nikolaos Gonis

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
The first part of this article deals with abbreviations found in Greek documentary papyri and ostraca. The documents in which abbreviation is rife are predominantly those produced on a ... More

The Ancient Book  

William A. Johnson

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
From the beginnings of Greek written literature until deep into the Roman era, a “book” was fashioned by taking a premanufactured papyrus roll, writing out the text, attaching additional ... More

Arabic Papyri and Islamic Egypt  

Petra M. Sijpesteijn

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
The Arabs enjoyed a long-standing acquaintance with papyrus and its benefits. Papyrus and other traditional media, such as ostraca, leather, parchment, textiles, stone, and bone, were ... More

Archives and Dossiers  

Katelijn Vandorpe

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
Documentary papyri describe ancient people. Where unrelated texts are like instant snapshots, archives present a coherent film of a person, a family, or a community and may span several ... More

Communicating with Tablets and Papyri  

Andrea Jördens

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2012
This article takes a look at the wide range of daily written correspondence that survived from Roman antiquity. Tablets, letters, and papyri serve as excellent source materials from the ... More

Conservation of Ancient Papyrus Materials  

Jaakko Frösén

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
Papyrus conservation has had a long history since the first attempts to open the carbonized Herculaneum rolls found in 1752 and to unroll the Charta Borgiana, acquired in 1778. New ... More

Editing A Papyrus  

Paul Schubert

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
The process of editing a papyrus is undeniably a central aspect in the field of papyrology. This article notes that the task of a scholar who undertakes the edition of a papyrus resembles ... More

Education in the Papyri  

Raffaella Cribiqre

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on Greek education during the roughly ten centuries between the conquest of Egypt by Alexander of Macedon and the Arab conquest. Egypt has offered a large quantity of ... More

The Finds of Papyri: The Archaeology of Papyrology  

Hélène Cuvigny

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
From the first Fayyum find until the First World War, the period of miraculous discoveries lasted barely forty years. In the present era of slavery to the mass media, A. S. Hunt was right ... More

The Future of Papyrology  

Peter van Minnen

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article looks at the future of papyrology. It draws heavily on two position papers Peter van Minen gave at international papyrological congresses: in Copenhagen in 1992 and in Vienna ... More

The Greek and Latin Languages in the Papyri  

Eleanor Dickey

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
For the first thousand years after the end of the classical period, documentary papyri constitute the most important source of information on the development of the Greek language. ... More

Greek and Latin Writing in the Papyri  

Guglielmo Cavallo

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article briefly sets forth some methodological considerations in the history of Greek and Latin writing in the papyri. The writing exercises attested in papyri, ostraca, and tablets ... More

The History of the Discipline  

James G. Keenan

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article suggests that a strong case can be made for dating the beginning of papyrology to 1752, the year in which papyri were first discovered at Herculaneum. Nevertheless, perhaps ... More

Mathematics, Science, and Medicine in the Papyri  

Alexander Jones

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
The sciences that are significantly attested among the papyri are mathematics, medicine, astronomy, and astrology. Medicine and astrology were professions with numerous practitioners who ... More

The Multilingual Environment of Late Antique Egypt: Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Persian Documentation  

Jean-Luc Fournet

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article considers three languages—Coptic, Latin, and Pehlevi—all of which were widely spoken and written in Egypt in the fourth to seventh centuries, analyzing their use and ... More

The Multilingual Environment of Persian and Ptolemaic Egypt: Egyptian, Aramaic, and Greek Documentation  

Dorothy J. Thompson

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article considers the extent to which the surviving documentation from the five-hundred-year period from Cambyses to Cleopatra allows us to investigate and reconstruct the changing ... More

The Papyri and Early Christianity  

David G. Martinez

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
Two events, one occurring during Greek rule in Egypt and the other during Roman rule, brought about a new status for the great world language. The first was the translation of the ... More

Papyrology  

David Armstrong

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
This article argues that manuscript studies is similar to papyrology. However, people are dealing with the more direct, and to that extent more ‘original’, sources, whose study expands the ... More

Papyrology  

Roger S. Bagnall

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2012
In a broad sense, papyrology is a discipline concerned with the recovery and exploitation of ancient artefacts bearing writing, and of the textual material preserved on such artefacts. For ... More

Papyrology and Ancient Literature  

Timothy Renner

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article discusses literary and subliterary papyri; papyri and Egyptian literature; the study of Greek literature; and papyri and Latin literature. The texts inscribed on these ... More

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