Classical Studies

The scientific committee "Classical Studies" maintains the series Collectanea Hellenistica that publishes archival studies and text editions. The series is under the auspices of the Académie Internationale.

Vol. 1

E. Van ‘t Dack, W. Clarysse, G. Cohen, J. Quaegebeur, J.K. Winnicki

The Judean-Syrian-Egyptian conflict of 103-101 B.C.: a multilingual dossier concerning a war of sceptres

Vol. 2

W. Clarysse

The Petrie papyri, second edition (P. Petrie 2). 1 : The wills

Vol. 3

K. Vandorpe and S. Waebens

Reconstructing Pathyris’ archives. A multicultural community in Hellenistic Egypt

Vol. 4

K. Vandorpe

The bilingual family archive of Dryton, his wife Apollonia and their daughter Senmouthis

Vol. 5

M. Vierros

Bilingual Notaries in Hellenistic Egypt. A study of Greek as a Second Language

Purpose of the series

Thanks to the exceptional climatic circumstances of the Nile valley, perishable material such as papyri was preserved here in large numbers, allowing to study local history in similar detail as for medieval towns, universities or parishes.

Most of this material was found either by Egyptian farmers destroying the mud-brick houses of ancient villages in search of fertiliser or by papyrus hunting expeditions with little or no archaeological interest. Still it is clear that relatively few papyri were found in isolation. Usually they were still grouped when excavated: family papers could be kept in a box or jar, or bound together and put in a window-recess; administrative documents were sometimes reused for stuffing sacred crocodiles. But detailed descriptions of the finds are rare and more often than not the connection between papyri of a single find has to be painfully reconstructed by the editor of the texts many years after their discovery.

The series of Collectanea Hellenistica intends to help the historian find his way in the labyrinth of Greek and Egyptian (Demotic) papyri of Greco-Roman Egypt, by setting up sign-posts linking texts that once belonged together, by studying and editing individual archives and groups of texts that have remained unpublished or have been published in an unsatisfactory manner.

Our main interest goes out to three groups of archives: bilingual archives (Greek-Demotic) of the Ptolemaic period; archives of the Fayum oasis, both Ptolemaic and Roman; archives from Upper Egypt (Thebes and Pathyris).

For more information on the known papyrus and ostraca archives, see the homepage "papyrus collections world wide":

www.trismegistos.org/arch/index.php

Editorial board: W. Clarysse (K.U.Leuven), K. Vandorpe (K.U.Leuven)

Manuscripts may be sent to Willy Clarysse (Willy.Clarysse@arts.kuleuven.be) or Katelijn Vandorpe (Katelijn.Vandorpe@arts.kuleuven.be).

Committee info sheet

Projecten
  • Papyri archives or files.

Publicaties
  • Collectanea Hellenistica
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