A consortium of eleven universities is hosting a series of intensive programs in papyrology for each of the summers from 2003 to 2115. (See list below.) During this period, the American Society of Papyrologists is seeking to raise a permanent endowment for the program so that the series can be continued indefinitely. (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.)

The principal objective of the seminars 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 5-6 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
2007 (none: International Congress of Papyrology)
2008 Stanford University: J. G. Manning 
2009 University of Michigan: Traianos Gagos, Arthur Verhoogt
2010 (none: International Congress of Papyrology)
2011 Brigham Young University: Roger Macfarlane, Stephen Bay
2012 University of Chicago  / University of Illinois, Urbana: David Martinez, Maryline G. Parca
2013 (none: International Congress of Papyrology)

Starting in 2014, the Society will subvent co-sponsored institutes on a biennial schedule.

2014 Princeton University: AnneMarie Luijendijk

2016 Duke University: Joshua Sosin


Our goal is 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.

What's New in Papyrology

  • Jenifer Sheridan Moss

    of Wayne State University, president of the American Society of Papyrologists, will receive the above award at the APA (now SCS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, January 2015. If I may quote from an email from Wm. Johnson, "True, we have a couple of MacArthur fellows in the discipline, but I don’t know whether any other papyrologist has won the APA national teaching award. In any case, good evidence that papyrologists are folks of many talents;"

  • BASP 51 (2014) has arrived. See the table of contents below. BASP 52 (2015) still welcomes submissions in a "congress language" (English, French, German, and Italian). Please submit your manuscripts to me (peter.vanminnen@uc.edu) for consideration.
    Thanks in part to the technical support made possible by the Semple Fund of the University of Cincinnati, BASP is the cheapest papyrological journal around, made available to members of the American Society of Papyrologists for an annual subscription of $35 ($16 for student members) and to institutions for an annual subscription of $65 (plus shipping). Check out http://papyrology.org/index.php/membership
    Copies of books for review can be sent to the reviews editor: Arthur Verhoogt (Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, 2160 Angell Hall, 435 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003, USA).
    Peter van Minnen

    American Society of Papyrologists ... 5

    A Homeric Papyrus from Tebtynis
    Thomas A. Wayment and Daniel Becerra ... 7

    A Homeric Papyrus at Yale
    Andrzej Mirończuk ... 27

    A Homeric Papyrus from Oxyrhynchus
    Simone Oppen ... 35

    A Letter from Harpalos and Sarapion(?)
    Brice C. Jones  ... 41

    A Loan of Money with Interest
    Philip Katz ... 47

    An Assessment from Karanis
    C. Michael Sampson ... 59

    A Letter Ordering the Release of a Prisoner
    Stephen M. Bay ... 69

    Bacchylides Fr. 60 M. and the Kassandra
    Theodora A. Hadjimichael ... 77

    Artabas of Grain or Artabas of Grains?
    Willy Clarysse ... 101

    Noms doubles et prosopographie ombite
    Frédéric Colin ... 109

    Late Ptolemaic Capitation Taxes and the Poll Tax in Roman Egypt
    Andrew Monson ... 127

    Recognizing Greek Literacy in Early Roman Documents from the Judaean Desert
    Scott D. Charlesworth ... 161

    Notes on Papyri
    Nikos Litinas, Nikos Litinas, Peter van Minnen, Klaas Worp ... 191

    Christian Inscriptions from Egypt and Nubia 1 (2013)
    Alain Delattre, Jitse Dijkstra, and Jacques van der Vliet ... 199

    Review Articles
    Locating Arabic Papyrology: Fiscal Politics in Medieval Egypt as a Test-Case for Setting Disciplinary Boundaries and Standards
    Petra M. Sijpesteijn ... 217

    Bronze Coins from Excavations in Alexandria
    Andrew Meadows ... 230

    Andrew Monson, Agriculture and Taxation in Early Ptolemaic Egypt: Demotic Land Surveys and Accounts (P. Agri)
    (Brian Muhs) ... 241

    Charikleia Armoni, Das Archiv der Taricheuten Amenneus und Onnophris aus Tanis (P.Tarich.)
    (Peter van Minnen) ... 245

    K. Maresch, Ptolemäische Bankpapyri aus dem Herakleopolites (P.Herakl.Bank). Papyri der Sammlungen in Heidelberg, Köln und Wien
    (Katelijn Vandorpe) ... 249

    Wolfgang Habermann (ed.), Die badischen Grabungen in Qarâra und el-Hibeh 1913 und 1914. Wissenschaftsgeschichtliche und papyrologische Beiträge (P. Heid. X)
    (Peter van Minnen) ... 253

    S.R. Llewelyn and J.R. Harrison (eds.), New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity: A Review of the Greek and Other Inscriptions and Papyri Published Between 1988 and 1992
    (Lincoln H. Blumell) ... 257

    Andrew Monson, From the Ptolemies to the Romans: Political and Economic Change in Egypt
    (Arthur Verhoogt) ... 261

    Ari Z. Bryen, Violence in Roman Egypt: A Study in Legal Interpretation
    (Peter van Minnen) ... 265

    Giuseppina Azzarello, Il dossier della “domus divina” in Egitto
    (James G. Keenan) ... 269

    Grzegorz Ochała, Chronological Systems of Christian Nubia
    (Jitse H.F. Dijkstra) ... 273

    Books Received ... 279

    Papyrological Summer Institutes, Reports, 2008-2012 283

    Word Index to BASP 43-50
    Peter van Minnen ... 287

    American Studies in Papyrology ... 347
  • Daughters of Hecate
    Women and Magic in the Ancient World
    Edited by Kimberly B. Stratton and With Dayna S. Kalleres

    Daughters of Hecate unites for the first time research on the problem of gender and magic in three ancient Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman culture. The book illuminates the gendering of ancient magic by approaching the topic from three distinct disciplinary perspectives: literary stereotyping, the social application of magic discourse, and material culture.

    The authors probe the foundations of, processes, and motivations behind gendered stereotypes, beginning with Western culture's earliest associations of women and magic in the Bible and Homer's Odyssey.
    Daughters of Hecate provides a nuanced exploration of the topic while avoiding reductive approaches.
    In fact, the essays in this volume uncover complexities and counter-discourses that challenge, rather than reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken for granted and reified by most modern scholarship.

    By combining critical theoretical methods with research into literary and material evidence, Daughters of Hecate interrogates a false association that has persisted from antiquity, to early modern witch hunts, to the present day.


1. Interrogating the Magic-Gender Connection - Kimberly B. Stratton

    Part I. Fiction and Fantasy: Gendering Magic in Literature

    2. From Goddess to Hag: The Greek and the Roman Witch in Classical Literature ... Barbette Stanley Spaeth

    3. "The Most Worthy of Women is a Mistress of Magic": Women as Witches and Ritual Practitioners in 1 Enoch and Rabbinic Sources ... Rebecca Lesses
4. Gendering Heavenly Secrets? Women, Angels, and the Problem of Misogyny and "Magic"  ... Annette Yoshiko Reed 

    5. Magic, Abjection, and Gender in Roman Literature ... Kimberly B. Stratton

    Part II. Gender and Magic Discourse in Practice

    6. Magic Accusations Against Women in Tacitus's Annals ... Elizabeth Ann Pollard 

    7. Drunken Hags with Amulets and Prostitutes with Erotic Spells: The Re-Feminization of Magic in Late Antique Christian Homilies ... Dayna S. Kalleres

    8. The Bishop, the Pope, and the Prophetess: Rival Ritual Experts in Third-Century Cappadocia ... Ayse Tuzlak 

    9. Living Images of the Divine: Female Theurgists in Late Antiquity ... Nicola Denzey Lewis
10. Sorceresses and Sorcerers in Early Christian Tours of Hell ... Kirsti Barrett Copeland


Part III. Gender, Magic, and the Material Record

    11. The Social Context of Women's Erotic Magic in Antiquity ... David Frankfurter

    12. Cheating Women: Curse Tablets and Roman Wives ... Pauline Ripat

    13. Saffron, Spices, and Sorceresses: Magic Bowls and the Bavli ... Yaakov Elman

    14. Victimology or: How to Deal With Untimely Death ... Fritz Graf
15. A Gospel Amulet for Joannia (P.Oxy. VIII 1151) ... AnneMarie Luijendijk
  • OUT NOW: Triangular Landscapes by Katherine Blouin
    The latest volume in the Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy series has been released!

     Triangular Landscapes. Environment, Society, and the State in the Nile Delta under Roman Rule
    By Katherine Blouin

    Between the Roman annexation of Egypt and the Arab period, the Nile Delta went from consisting of seven branches to two, namely the current Rosetta and Damietta branches. For historians, this may look like a slow process, but on a geomorphological scale, it is a rather fast one. How did it happen? How did human action contribute to the phenomenon? Why did it start around the Roman period? And how did it impact on ancient Deltaic communities?

    This volume reflects on these questions by focusing on a district of the north-eastern Delta called the Mendesian Nome.

    Oxford University Press
    30 September 2014
    464 Pages | 52 illus.
    8.5 x 5.4 inches
    ISBN: 9780199688722