Papyrology


Papyrologie

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Papyrology is a relatively young scientific discipline that has greatly enriched our knowledge about ancient Greco-Roman culture, literature, economy, society, politics, legal practice and religion. The oldest testimonies of European literature are preserved on papyrus as well as the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament. The vast majority of the approximately 700,000 preserved fragments comprise texts from everyday life in the ancient world (documents with private and public content especially in Greek, Latin, Coptic and Arabic languages). Excavations in Egypt and the Middle East annually uncover more papyri and ostraca (inscribed pottery shards). So far, about 55,000 documents have been edited. 

The largest papyrus collections in the world are today in Oxford, Vienna (Papyrus collection of the Austrian National Library) and Berlin.

Papyrological sources have an outstanding importance at our Department. Not only objects in the papyrus collection of the ÖNB are edited as part of the "Corpus Papyrorum Raineri" (CPR), but also numerous foreign collections are published as individual publications or corpora.

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