Papyrus fragments may offer an extraordinary glimpse into the life of Greek-Roman Egypt. Learning how to read papyri, the methods and tools to understand their meaning opens great perspectives in history, archaeology, philology and many other fields.

 

 

  • Aims and content
    • AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

      The teaching has as its aims: to provide students with the technical and methodological skills to know how to deal with the critical reading of literary and documentary papyri, to contextualize and know how to analyse papyri as historical, philological and literary sources; to make students understand the contribution of papyrology to our knowledge on the political, socio-economic and cultural life of Greek-Roman Egypt; to raise awareness on the material aspects of documents and libraries copies in antiquity; to encourage the development of active skills for deciphering, transcription and edition of papyri.

      At the end of the course the student will have understood the definition of “papyrology” and the main lines of the history of the discipline; will be aware of the historical and cultural context of Greek-Roman Egypt; will know the writing materials and the archaeological contexts of papyrus findings; will be able to distinguish languages and scripts on papyri, at least for some given examples; will be able to read and understand a papyrological edition and apply the Leiden system to new transcriptions; will know how to use the main tools of the discipline, including the digital tools (primarily papyri.info, Trismegistos); will be able to appreciate the contribution of papyrology to other disciplines.

      SYLLABUS/CONTENT

      The theoretical and methodological foundations of papyrology.

      The papyri as historical sources on political, economic and cultural contexts in Greek-Roman Egypt.

      IT tools applied to papyrology.

      Exercises of transcription and critical reading on papyrus fragments preserved at the University of Genoa DAFIST Department.

       

      Non-attending students are encouraged to contact the teacher (serena.perrone@unige.it).

      RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

      The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology, ed. by R.S. Bagnall, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009 (study of the chapters 1-14, 16-18, 21-22, 25, 27; reading of the extant chapters)

      Further documents will be provided in class and via AulaWeb

      URL Aula web
      PAPYROLOGY
      https://2018.aulaweb.unige.it/course/view.php?id=2429
      URL timetable
      PAPYROLOGY
      http://www.scienzeumanistiche.unige.it/didattica/orari
  • Who
  • How
    • TEACHING METHODS

      Combination of PowerPoint presentations, traditional lectures, and classroom exercises on papyri (conservation, transcription, use of IT tools), with the direct involvement of students.

      EXAM DESCRIPTION

      As midterm test, students are required to prepare and submit in front of the classroom a 15 minutes oral presentation about an assigned papyrus (or another theme agreed upon with the teacher). Working groups are encouraged. This test will not be subject to assessment.

      The exam is an oral interview to assess the acquisition of the theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline and the ability to address the critical reading of some selected papyri (made available via Aulaweb).

      Non-attending students are encouraged to contact the teacher (serena.perrone@unige.it).

      ASSESSMENT METHODS

      The exam consists of an interview about the theoretical and practical aspects of papyrology. In order to reach the basic threshold students should demonstrate their knowledge of the contribution of papyrological documentation in the historical-cultural context of Greco-Roman Egypt, and practical skills on the transcription system and papyrological tools. In order to reach an evaluation of excellence, students should demonstrate their ability to address the critical reading of selected papyri, deciphering the writing, understanding the text, and grasp significant aspects in an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • Where and when
    • URL Aula web
      PAPYROLOGY
      https://2018.aulaweb.unige.it/course/view.php?id=2429
      URL timetable
      PAPYROLOGY
      http://www.scienzeumanistiche.unige.it/didattica/orari
      LESSONS START

      14/02/2019

      OFFICE HOURS FOR STUDENTS
      Serena Perrone

      Thursday 11-12 and on appointment. Please e-mail at serena.perrone@unige.it

      Sessions
      Date Time Type Place Notes
      20 dicembre 2018 14:00 Orale Genova Locali DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4, piano terra
      16 gennaio 2019 14:00 Orale Genova Locali DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4, piano terra
      30 gennaio 2019 14:00 Orale Genova Locali DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4, piano terra
      22 maggio 2019 14:00 Orale Genova Locali DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4, piano terra
      5 giugno 2019 14:00 Orale Genova Locali DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4, piano terra
      19 giugno 2019 14:00 Orale Genova Locali DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4, piano terra
      3 luglio 2019 14:00 Orale Genova Locali DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4, piano terra
      11 settembre 2019 14:00 Orale Genova Locali DAFIST, Sezione Ellenica, via Balbi 4, piano terra
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