The Future of Papyrology

Peter van Minnen

in The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199843695
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 The Future of Papyrology

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This article looks at the future of papyrology. It draws heavily on two position papers Peter van Minen gave at international papyrological congresses: in Copenhagen in 1992 and in Vienna in 2001. The first section starts with the immediate context from which the papyri derive as physical objects. The second section concentrates on the texts written on them. The final section focuses on the wider context that produced the texts. The article concludes by noting the need for better communication between papyrologists.

Keywords: Peter van Minnen; international papyrological congresses; physical objects; papyri; papyrologists

Article.  8243 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Papyrology ; Historical Archaeology

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