Introduction to Documentary Papyrology
Dr M Zellmann-Rohrer
An introduction to the study of Greek documentary papyri of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The subject will be taught primarily through case studies, with emphasis on the reading and interpretation of a range of documents. There will be broad coverage of historical, palaeographic and linguistic aspects of the texts, and an orientation will be given to important groups of documents and their Egyptian context within a chronological framework. A modest amount of background reading may be assigned before some sessions. The seminar is open to graduates and advanced undergraduates. A good knowledge of Greek is essential.
Week 1: Introduction: texts and materials, resources, methods. The earliest Greek documentary papyri.
Week 2: Ptolemaic period: the Zenon archive. Electronic resources.
Week 3: no meeting.
Week 4: Ptolemaic period: other private archives and some important official texts.
Week 5: Roman period: first century.
Week 6: Roman period: second century.
Week 7: Roman period: third century.
Week 8: Roman period: Late Antiquity.