The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Thousands of texts, written over a period of three thousand years on papyri and potsherds, in Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Hebrew, Persian, and other languages, have transformed our knowledge of many aspects of life in the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. The Oxford Handbook of Papyrologyprovides an introduction to the world of these ancient documents and literary texts, ranging from the raw materials of writing to the languages used, from the history of papyrology to its future, and from practical help in reading papyri to frank opinions about the nature of the work of papyrologists. This volume, the first major reference work on papyrology written in English, takes account of the important changes experienced by the discipline within especially the last thirty years. Including new work by twenty-seven international experts and more than one hundred illustrations, The Oxford Handbook of Papyrologywill serve as an invaluable guide to the subject.

Author Biography

Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Ancient History and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Figuresp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Internet Resourcesp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Writing Materials in the Ancient Worldp. 3
The Finds of Papyri: The Archaeology of Papyrologyp. 30
The History of the Disciplinep. 59
Conservation of Ancient Papyrus Materialsp. 79
Greek and Latin Writing in the Papyrip. 101
The Greek and Latin Languages in the Papyrip. 149
Abbreviations and Symbolsp. 170
Practical Help: Chronology, Geography, Measures, Currency, Names, Prosopography, and Technical Vocabularyp. 179
Editing a Papyrusp. 197
Archives and Dossiersp. 216
The Ancient Bookp. 256
Papyrology and Ancient Literaturep. 282
The Special Case of Herculaneump. 303
Education in the Papyrip. 320
Mathematics, Science, and Medicine in the Papyrip. 338
The Range of Documentary Texts: Types and Categoriesp. 358
The Multilingual Environment of Persian and Ptolemaic Egypt: Egyptian, Aramaic, and Greek Documentationp. 395
The Multilingual Environment of Late Antique Egypt: Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Persian Documentationp. 418
Arabic Papyri and Islamic Egyptp. 452
The Papyrology of the Near Eastp. 473
Writing Histories from the Papyrip. 495
Geography and Administration in Egypt (332 bce-642 ce)p. 521
Law in Graeco-Roman Egypt: Hellenization, Fusion, Romanizationp. 541
Egyptian Religion and Magic in the Papyrip. 561
The Papyri and Early Christianityp. 590
Manichaeism and Gnosticism in the Papyrip. 623
The Future of Papyrologyp. 644
Indexp. 661
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