Friday, November 20, 2009

The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology

I will have to order this title:

The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology by Roger S. Bagnall

ISBN13: 9780195178388
ISBN10: 0195178386
Hardback, 712 pages
Jun 2009, In Stock
Price: $150.00 (06)
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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 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.
Product Details
712 pages; 125 halftones; 6-3/4 x 9-3/4;
ISBN13: 978-0-19-517838-8
ISBN10: 0-19-517838-6
About the Author(s)
Roger S. Bagnall is Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University


  1. One question that I've never seen addressed in the field of papyrology, as it relates to archaeology:

    Are papyri ever dated by stratigraphy,
    i.e. does the layer of trash in which a papyrus is found help any in identifying when it was thrown out, which, in combination with its paleographic date, can help us determine how long it had been in use?

  2. Yes. If I remember correctly, the journals of Grenfell and Hunt discuss the dating of certain hoards based on where they were found on the grid, how deep, etc. It would take a little effort on my part to find out where:)...I think Turner mentions the reference somewhere in his introduction.

  3. I have been working through this volume in recent months. It does a great job introducing papyrology and the history of the field. However, I was hoping (perhaps hoping too much for a handbook) that it would be more technical–perhaps laced with some post-Turner advancements, especially with regard to the development and formation of the codex. Thoughts?

  4. Great photographs of carbonized scrolls by R. Henry Cowherd.