Since 2003, the American Society of Papyrologists has helped organize routine intensive summer programs in papyrology,  on what we hope will now be a regular biennial program. (See list below.) 

The principal objective of the summer institutes is to provide participants with sufficient instruction and practical experience to enable them to make productive use of texts on papyrus in their research and to become active scholars in the field of papyrology. Each seminar has a distinctive linguistic, chronological, or thematic focus, reflecting the interests and available resources of the host institution. Some seminars will involve forms of the Egyptian language and scripts as well as Greek.

The seminars are directed at advanced graduate students and younger faculty in relevant fields, including Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology, Archaeology, Ancient Religions, and Biblical Studies. Approximately 10 participants are chosen for each seminar by the host institution. The programs are intensive and 4-6 weeks long. The faculty normally include both those who regularly teach at the host institution and guest professors from other universities in North America and Europe. ASP provides a certificate to those completing the institute, but the host institutions neither grant credit nor provide a transcript.

Most seminars offer stipends to defray some of the participants' costs. There is no tuition fee.


Schedule of seminars and list of host institutions, with names of organizing faculty:

2003 Yale University: Robert G. Babcock, Ann Ellis Hanson
2004 University of California, Berkeley: Todd M. Hickey
2005 University of Cincinnati: Peter van Minnen, William A. Johnson
2006 Columbia University: Roger S. Bagnall, Raffaella Cribiore
2008 Stanford University: J. G. Manning 
2009 University of Michigan: Traianos Gagos, Arthur Verhoogt
2011 Brigham Young University: Roger Macfarlane, Stephen Bay
2012 University of Chicago  / University of Illinois, Urbana: David Martinez, Maryline G. Parca
2014 Princeton University: AnneMarie Luijendijk
2016 Duke University: Joshua Sosin


Our goal has been to establish an endowment to subvent and continue the program in perpetuum. Through the generosity of its members and friends, ASP has raised a substantial amount towards that goal, but seeks your help to finish the task. If you would like to contribute to the endowment, click here, or contact the ASP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


What's New in Papyrology

    Avram, A. – Cliante, T. – Lungu, V., Neue Inschriften aus Tomis 140

    Baetens, G. – Depauw, M., A Demotic Petition about the Misconduct of an Official in the Papyrus Museum in Syracuse (P. Syrac. 262) 191

    Belousov, A. – Dana, M. – Nikolaev, N., Deux nouvelles defixionum tabellae du territoire d’Olbia du Pont 167

    Benaissa, A., Four Papyri from the Archive of the Temple of Soknobraisis in Bacchus 204

    Cartlidge, B., Eupolis, fr. 192.48–9 K.–A. 32

    Cesarik, N., A Note on CIL III 14992: legio VII Claudia Pia Fidelis or legio VIII Augusta? 268

    Dana, D. – Gaiu, C., Quatre diplômes militaires du milieu du IIe siècle pour l’exercitus Daciae Porolissensis trouvés à Arcobara/Ilişua (réédition) 257

    Eck, W., Diplomfragmente aus Carnuntum und aus Abusina/Eining 217

    Eck, W., Zu Militärinschriften im römischen Iudaea. Epigraphische Vorarbeiten zum CIIP 231

    Eck, W. – Pangerl, A., Ein Diplom für die Hilfstruppen der Provinz Arabia, ausgestellt unter Hadrian, wohl im Jahr 126 227

    Evangelisti, S., L. Aelius Aurelius Apolaustus e l’Apolaustus interemptus nel 189 d.C. 271

    Fernández Corral, M. – Gorrochategui, J., Cinco nuevas estelas funerarias procedentes de Belorado (Burgos) 276 Floridi, L., Considerazioni in margine alla datazione di Pallada di Alessandria 51

    Fowler, R. L., ἐκθορεῖν and the Derveni Papyrus 17

    Fressura, M., Ancora su P.Vindob. L 62 (Verg. Aen. II, con traduzione greca) 46

    Grossi, M., Ἔγραψεν δὲ καὶ τίτλον ὁ Πιλᾶτος (Gv 19,19): Verso una nuova definizione di iscrizione 85

    Guédon, St., La statio camellariorum: Circulation et transports caravaniers dans le corpus des ostraca de Bu Njem 249

    Hernández Pérez, R., Paebion: un antropónimo de origen probablemente tracio en una inscripción romana de Hispania 283

    Hitchman, R. – Mack, W., Astypalaia and Hierapytna (?): Restoring Lost Polis-Ethnics in the Proxeny Catalogue of Astypalaia (I.Dor.Ins. 97) 103

    Jakubiec, A., La nature de l’envoyeur du premier ἱκέσιος de la loi cathartique de Cyrène (SEG IX, 72, l. 111–121) 96

    Kakoschke, A., Neulesung von Inschriften aus Niedergeranien 240

    Kotwick, M. E., Notes on PDerveni cols. XV, XIX, XXII, and XXIV 1 Lucarini, C. M., Zum neuen Dexipp 42

    Marchand, F., Les Technites dionysiaques de l’Hélicon 111

    Mazza, R., P.Ryl. Greek Add. 1166: Christian Prayer Amulet with a Tax Receipt on the Back 73

    Méndez Dosuna, J., Some Critical Notes on the New Dodona Lead Plates 119

    Mugnai, N., A New Military Diploma for the Troops of Mauretania Tingitana (26 October 153) 243

    Obsieger, H., Zu P. Erl. 1 = Nr. 2 Schubart (aus einer christlichen Liturgie, frühestens 6. Jh. n. Chr.) 70 

    Panagopoulou, K., Gold in Ptolemaic Egypt: Exchange Practices in Light of P.Cair.Zen. I 59021 179

    Piano, V., P.Derveni III–VI: una riconsiderazione del testo 5

    Römer, C., News from Smikrines and Chairestratos. Verses 645–660 of Epitrepontes Sandbach–Furley 38

    Ryholt, K., Postscriptum: A Greek-Demotic Temple Archive from Edfu Dating to the Reign of Ptolemy VIII 178

    Souza, R., Hellenistic Sicilian Real Estate Contracts Inscribed on Lead Tablets: New Readings and Implications for the Economic Independence of Women 149

    Tagliapietra, L., A New Fragment of Aristophanes’ Plutus (182–189, 211–219) 33

    Tandy, D., Xenophon of Paros, Sculptor (SEG 47 1663) 101

    Vecchiato, St., Un’ ipotesi su κόσμος nell’etopea acrostica su Esiodo (P.Oxy. L 3537r, l. 11 = v. 7) 28

    Winkler, A. – Zellmann-Rohrer, M., A Bilingual Petition from the Priests of Roman Tebtunis: P.Mich. V 226Once Again

    Zevi, F., I Fasti di Privernum 287

  • Second Circular 28th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF PAPYROLOGY 1–6 August 2016 Barcelona, Spain Dear Colleagues,
    This is the Second Circular of the 28th International Congress of Papyrology, to be held at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, between 1 and 6 August 2016.
    In the first place, the organizing committee would like to thank the enthusiasm with which the papyrological community has welcomed the preparation of this edition of the Congress in Barcelona.
    This second circular is intended to provide information of special interest to the participants in the

    There are several hotels representing a selection of standards in the neighbourhood of the Congress venue. The organizers have negotiated special rates for Congress participants in some of them, but please note that these are subject to availability at the time the request is made. Information, links and registration forms are available on the Congress website. Participants are encouraged to book early in order to ensure the accommodation of their choice.

    As announced in the first circular, five days of sessions will be scheduled, leaving Wednesday afternoon free.
    The sixth day will be reserved for the General Assembly of the AIP and devoted to obituaries and a general discussion of current problems in our discipline.
     Papers will be presented in one of the following languages: English, French, German, and Italian and will be restricted to only one paper per person, including shared communications.
    We encourage the use of posters for work-in-progress presentations. There will be two plenary sessions, at the opening and the closure of the Congress, and five parallel sessions with 20 minutes papers, followed by a 10 minute discussion.
    The number and subject matter of panels are yet to be determined according to the proposals admitted.
    We remind participants that the deadline for abstract submission is 28 February and that it should be done online from our webpage.
    We are very pleased to announce that the president of the AIP, Andrea Jördens, has accepted to address the papyrological community in the inaugural plenary session.
     The closing plenary session will take the form of a round table in which several participants will reflect on the boundaries of our discipline from different perspectives, and where participation from the public will be welcome.
     Poster presentations Participants will also have the opportunity to present posters. Posters may be autonomous contributions or complement a paper, and may be presented by individual researchers or research teams.
    Dimensions must be: height max. 2 m x width max. 1 m.
    They will be displayed in the common areas close to the conference rooms for the duration of the Congress.
     Poster proposals should be submitted to the organization of the Congress in the same way as abstracts, and, once they are accepted, posters should be delivered not later 1 August 2016, when they may be handed in at the administration desk of the Congress.

    Book exhibitors
    It is now possible to register as a book exhibitor for the five full days of the Congress (1–5 August). Registration will ensure a stand and a pass for participation in all the activities of the Congress; more information is available at the Congress website. To register as a book exhibitor you may use the eventum page of the 28th International Congress of Papyrology, from which you will be able to register for the Congress and to pay for the corresponding fee. Social events The city of Barcelona and the surrounding areas have numerous interesting places to visit, and the cultural offer is extremely rich. In addition to this, the Organizing Committee is preparing several social activities for the days of the Congress, of some of which we can advance the following information: Monday 1 August a reception will take place at the University Pompeu Fabra, where the University academic authorities will welcome the participants.

    A papyrus exhibition will take place at the Archivo de la Corona de Aragón with documents and other objects from the two papyrus collections of Barcelona, the Abadia de Montserrat and the Palau-Ribes collections. The exhibition will open 17 March and a guided tour will be offered to the participants during the week of the Congress. As is traditional, a dinner and a farewell party will be offered Friday 5 August at the closing of the Congress. Further details of these and other activities will be provided in subsequent circulars and in our website. Excursions The Organizing Committee has arranged some attractive tours open for participants and accompanying persons to take place in the days immediately following the Congress.

    Saturday 6 August: Tarragona. The approximate price will be 95€ including travel expenses, lunch, tickets to the archaeological site and the museum, as well as a guided tour. Sunday 7 August: Ampuries and Ullastret. The approximate price will be 95€, including travel expenses, lunch, tickets to the archaeological sites, as well as guided tours. Details have been published on the Congress website. During the process of registering for the Congress you will be asked about your interest in joining in one or both trips. Once we make sure we have enough participants we will proceed to contact those interested so that payment procedures can be started. For any doubts or further queries concerning the trips, please email us at papyrologia@upf.edu. Important dates Let us finally remind you of some important dates regarding the development of the Congress.

     Please note that registration for the Congress is independent from abstract submission, and that registering at the preferential fee will end 28 February.

    March 15th 2015 Payment of Congress fees and submission of abstracts begin February 28th 2016

    Deadline for preferential fees February 28th 2016

    Deadline for abstract submission May 31st 2016

    Deadline for payment of fees Contact Secretary of the 28th International Congress of Papyrology E-mail: papyrologia@upf.edu
  • The Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions (CPI) project aims to create a Corpus of up-to-date editions of the Greek, bilingual and trilingual inscriptions on stone from Ptolemaic Egypt (323–30 BCE), numbering around 450 items, based on material collected and annotated by the late Peter Fraser FBA (1918–2007). The CPI project is funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is based at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents in Oxford.
    Ptolemaic Inscriptions The Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions (CPI) consists of more than 550 Ptolemaic epigraphic monuments. Of these, Peter Fraser’s collection of 346 Ptolemaic inscriptions from Egypt, accompanied by a rich photographic archive of monuments and sites, constitutes the core. A further 215 inscriptions have been collected by the CPI research team, which, when added to Fraser’s archive, provide us with as complete a picture of Ptolemaic epigraphy as has up to now been possible.
    The Corpus contains a range of epigraphic evidence, both Greek and Greek-Egyptian, bilingual and trilingual texts, inscribed on a wide variety of materials such as architecture, statuary, stelae and other types of stone monument and reflects almost every aspect of public and private life: civic, royal and priestly decrees, letters and petitions, as well as royal and private dedications to kings and deities and pilgrimage notices, hymns and funerary epigrams. Topographically, the Corpus covers the entire Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, from Alexandria and the Egyptian Delta, through Fayoum, along the Nile Valley, to Philae Island, Edfou, Kalabsha, and other areas of Upper Egypt.
    Editions of inscriptions in the Corpus will be encoded and marked up in xml using EpiDoc electronic editorial conventions, following the pattern provided by the MAMA XI project, for publication both online and as a printed volume.
    At this stage, the CPI database contains exclusively inscriptions from Egypt itself. However, epigraphic evidence relating to the wider Ptolemaic empire overseas forms a substantial but distinct part of the Fraser archive of Ptolemaic inscriptions. It is hoped that this material will be the subject of a second project in the future.
  • Dear Colleagues,

    Here is a brief overview of the activity in papyri.info from January to November of the calendar year 2015.
    The entry of the following volumes has been completed:
    P.Heid. X (with thanks to Johanna Egerer)
    P.Oxy. LXXIX (with thanks to Federica Micucci and Danae Bafa)
    P.Oxy. LXXX (with thanks to Danae Bafa)
    PSI XVI  (with thanks to Federica Micucci)

    It is worth mentioning that two texts have now been included in papyri.info and are searchable for the first time in DDbDP. They had not originally been included all those decades ago. These are
    a particularly interesting contract of sale from Kopanis in Parthia.
    a certificate of pagan sacrifice which was originally published amongst the Christian texts in P.Ryl. I and had been missed.

    There is ongoing work on the entry of O.Petr.Mus., P.Monts.Roca IV, P.Prag. III amongst others.
    P.Köln XI - XIII are in the process of being finished and will be done within the next few weeks.
    SB XXVI is also being completed.

    Since work began on the entry of texts through the editor of papyri.info in 2010, 29 volumes have been completely entered. A full list of these can be found at:

    Another list may be found of those volumes which still have to be completed:
    in many cases only a few texts remain to be completed. Thanks to a number of volunteers it is possible to organise filling these gaps.

    The entry of Coptic is continuing well.
    CPR XX has been completed. Much of CPR II and IV have been entered as well as numerous bilinugal texts. There is ongoing work on O.Frange and P.KRU. In this area huge thanks for their steadfast work are due to Anne Boudhors, Esther Garel, Georg Schmelz, Maria-Jesus Albarran and Alain Delattre who do the most lifting.

    SB XXVIII will added to HGV and ready for entry at the beginning of next year.

    All the best

    R. Ast, L. Berkes, James M.S. Cowey, J.D. Sosin