Seminar in Papyrology

LGLOR2746  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar in Papyrology
5.0 credits
22.5 h

This biannual course is taught on years 2014-2015, 2016-2017, ...



Main themes

This seminar deals with following issues:
1. an introduction to the history, sources and methods of papyrology;
2. a study of papyrological documents and textual traditions embedded in Classical (Greek and Latin) and Oriental (Egyptian, Coptic, Arabic) cultures.


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    At the end of this seminar, students will be able to:
    1. identify and analyse a papyrological text, and to contextualize it.
    2. edit and study papyri in a comprehensive and relevant way (lemma, transcription, restitution, translation, dating, commentary).
    3. correctly use bibliography and working tools.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.


After an introduction to the production and uses of the papyrus from the age of the Ptolemies to late antiquity, the student will be trained in the principal work tools that are relevant to papyrology (text corpuses, dictionaries, manuals, scientific journals and collections, International congresses) and also in the history of this scientific discipline.

The major part of this seminar is devoted to the reading and commentary (philological, historical and archaeological) of documentary and literary papyri embedded in Classical (Greek and Latin), as well as Oriental (Egyptian, Coptic, Arabic) cultures.

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures and personal work.

Evaluation methods

Essay and oral exam.

Online resources

  • Syllabus / Coursebook (disponible / available on Moodle)

- M. Capasso, Introduzione alla papirologia (Bologna, 2005).

- M. Depauw, A Companion to Demotic Studies (Brussels, 1997).

- E.G. Turner, The Papyrologist at Work (Durham, NC, 1973).

- E.G. Turner, Greek Papyri: An Introduction (Oxford, 1980²).

- J.F. Oates a.o., Checklist of Editions of Greek, Latin, Demotic and Coptic Papyri, Ostraca and Tablets (

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies