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A Re-edition of 118 papyrus texts belonging to the Collection of the Austrian National Library (SPP III2 583‒701)

Aikaterini Koroli, M.Phil.

My doctoral research project aspires to offer a modern re-edition of 118 non-literary papyri belonging to the large corpus of documentary papyri included in the third volume of the series Studien zur Palaeographie und Papyruskunde (SPP III, nos.583 ‒701). This volume as well as the eighth volume of the series in question are known as Griechische Papyrusurkunden kleineren Formats, and contain 1346 small sized texts preserved mostly on papyrus and published by C.Wessely in the early twentieth century (Leipzig 1904 and 1908, respectively). Wessely’s edition included the transcription, partial reconstruction and dating of these documents, the definition of the place where they were found, the collection to which they belong as well as their inventory number.

The texts to be republished are documents preserved on parchment and papyrus. The great majority of them are dated by Wessely from the 6th to the 8th century AD, they come from the Arsinoite nome, and seem to fall into the category of tax receipts.

The re-edition proposed will adopt the editorial guidelines of major papyrus editions, such as the CPR, P.Oxy, P.Köln, and P.Heid series, and of the re-editions of the SPP-papyri already made.

The texts under study will be re-deciphered and re-transcribed. The damaged parts are expected to be restored and read more easily thanks to the technical means, namely electronic tools and databases as well as digital pictures of both published and unpublished papyri.

The re-edition will contain the following:

·      Place of discovery/origin.

·      Re-dating of the documents.

·      Detailed introductory information including the codicological and palaeographical description of the parchment or the papyrus.

·      Accurate translation of the transcribed text in English.

·      Detailed line-to-line commentary.

·      Reconstruction of archives.

·      Plates containing images.

·      Indexes.

The papyri selected will be placed into their historical context by being studied from a social, economic, cultural and linguistic standpoint. In this way they will provide us with valuable information about the economic activities, the taxation and the Greco-Roman Society of late antique Egypt.


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