Thousands of documentary and literary texts written on papyri and potsherds, in Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Persian, have transformed our knowledge of many aspects of life in the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. In The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology twenty-seven experts provide a comprehensive and authoritative guide to understanding this ancient documentary evidence.
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 Papyrology provides 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 Papyrology will serve as an invaluable guide to the subject.
Introduction,; Useful Web sites; 1. Writing Materials in the Ancient World,; 2. The Finds of Papyri; 3. The History of the Discipline,; 4. Conservation of Ancient Papyrus Materials; 5. Greek and Latin Writing in the Papyri,; 6. The Greek and Latin Languages in the Papyri; 7. Abbreviations and Symbols,; 8. Practical Help; 9. Editing a Papyrus,; 10. Archives and Dossiers, Katelijn Vandorpe; 11. The Ancient Book,; 12. Papyrology and Ancient Literature; 13. The Special Case of Herculaneum; 14. Education in the Papyri; 15. Mathematics, Science and Medicine in the Papyri,; 16. The Range of Documentary Texts; 17. The Multilingual Environment of Persian and Ptolemaic Egypt,; 18. The Multilingual Environment of Late Antique Egypt; 19. Arabic Papyri and Islamic Egypt,; 20. The Papyrology of the Near East; 21. Writing Histories from the Papyri,; 22. Geography and Administration in Egypt,; 23. Law in Greco-Roman Egypt,; 24. Egyptian Religion and Magic in the Papyri; 25. Christianity in the Papyri,; 26. Manichaeism and Gnosticism in the Papyri, Cornelia R"mer; 27. The Future of Papyrology,; List of figures