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

  • Christian Apocrypha; Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
    Joint Session With: Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds, Christian Apocrypha
    9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Room: International 4 (International Level) - Marriott
    Theme: Papyrus Fragments of Apocryphal Writings: How Were They Used?
    Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University, Presiding (5 min)

    Geoff S. Smith, University of Texas at Austin
    Preliminary Report on the “Willoughby Papyrus” of the Gospel of John and an Unidentified Christian Text (25 min)

    Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward's University
    The Textual History of the Greek Book of the Watchers: Contextual Clues from Translation and the Value of Variant Readings (25 min)

    Ross P. Ponder, University of Texas at Austin
    A New Transcription of P. Oxy. 5072: Observations from a Recent Autopsy Analysis (25 min)

    Thomas A. Wayment, Brigham Young University
    The Interaction between Apocrypha and Canon: A Case Study of Oxyrhynchus (25 min)

    AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University, Respondent (25 min)
    Discussion (20 min)

    Provenance in an eBay World: Does the Provenance of Ancient Artifacts Matter?
    1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Room: 303 (Level 3) - Hilton
    Theme: Hosted by the Student Advisory Board
    From Gospel of John papyrus fragments appearing on eBay to debates surrounding the origins of modern fragments (e.g., the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, or the new Sappho fragments), the provenance of antiquities has emerged as a challenging issue for scholars and students who work with material culture. This session aims to illuminate some of the stakes around the debate for graduate students. The panel will examine issues of working on materials kept in public and private collections, and highlight the individuals and institutions who are working to create policies and practices that address the issue of provenance. As of now, SBL has no formal policy on the provenance of antiquities, but is actively formulating one. It is the hope of the panel that graduate students will find this panel to be a networking opportunity and source of support for their future academic work.

    Ross P. Ponder, University of Texas at Austin, Presiding
    Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University, Panelist
    Brice C. Jones, Concordia University - Université Concordia, Panelist
    Robert Kraft, University of Pennsylvania, Panelist
    Christine M. Thomas, University of California-Santa Barbara, Panelist
    Sofia Torallas Tovar, University of Chicago, Panelist

    Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
    1:00 PM to 3:45 PM
    Room: Inman (Atlanta Conference Level) - Hyatt

    Theme: Miscellanea Papyrologica
    Lincoln Blumell, Brigham Young University, Presiding

    Michael Theophilos, Australian Catholic University
    Marginalia in New Testament Greek Papyri: Implications for Scribal Practice and Textual Transmission (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University
    Demography, Onomastics, and the Christian Population of Oxyrhynchus in the Third and Fourth Centuries (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Hans Foerster, Universität Wien
    The Semantic Web of sêmeion and Papyrology (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)
    Break (5 min)

    Wally V. Cirafesi, McMaster University
    Rethinking P.Hev/Se 13 and P.Yadin 18 and the Social and Legal Contexts of Mark 10:12 (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Matthias H. O. Schulz, Universität Wien
    Where Past and Present Meet: Papyri and Parchments Illuminating Coptic-Orthodox Liturgical Traditions (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Room: International 10 (International Level) - Marriott
    Theme: The Hellenistic Context of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    Hindy Najman, University of Oxford, Presiding
    Benedikt Eckhardt, Universität Bremen
    The “Semitic thiasos”: Reconsidering a Model (30 min)

    Kimberley Czajkowski, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    Literacy and Law in the Documentary Finds from the Judaean Desert (30 min)

    Jonathan Ben-Dov, University of Haifa
    Jerusalem and Alexandria: Greek Text Criticism and Judean Biblical Texts (30 min)

    Armin Lange, Universität Wien
    The Textual Standardization of the Hebrew Bible and Alexandrian Scholarship (30 min)

    Pieter B. Hartog, KU Leuven
    Pesher and Hypomnema: The Dead Sea Scrolls Commentaries in Their Hellenistic-Roman Context (30 min)

    Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies; Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
    Joint Session With: Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies, Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
    9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Room: International A (International Level) - Marriott
    Theme: Papyrology and Digital Humanities
    Caroline T. Schroeder, University of the Pacific, Presiding
    Stephen J. Davis, Yale University
    Manuscripts, Monks, and Mufattishin: Digital Access and Concerns of Cultural Heritage in the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project (30 min)

    Roger T. Macfarlane, Brigham Young University
    Damaged Papyri Rendered Accessible Through MultiSpectral Imaging: An Update and Prospectus (30 min)

    Rodney Ast, University of Heidelberg
    A Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (30 min)

    Claire Clivaz, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
    Does Any Fragment Count? Considering the Digital Culture from a Papyrological Point of View (30 min)

    Laurie E. Pearce, University of California-Berkeley
    Digital Tools Supporting Prosopographical Research in Texts and Manuscripts (30 min)
    Book History and Biblical Literatures
    4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Room: M102 (Marquis Level) - Marriott
    Theme: Paratexts
    Eva Mroczek, University of California-Davis, Presiding

    Liv I. Lied, Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet
    Do Paratexts Matter? Transmission, Re-Identification, and New Philology (20 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Francis Borchardt, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong
    The Prologue to Sirach and the "Book" of Sirach in a Chain of Text Traditions (20 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Eric Scherbenske, Independent Scholar
    “In Other Copies”: Transmitting and Negotiating Textual Variation on the Margins (20 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Gregory Fewster, University of Toronto
    From Paul's Letter Collection to the Euthalian Apparatus: An Archival Perspective on Pauline Paratexts (20 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University
    Text and Paratext in Documentary Papyri from Roman Egypt (20 min)
    Discussion (5 min)
    Discussion (25 min)

    Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
    4:00 PM to 6:45 PM
    Room: International 9 (International Level) - Marriott
    Theme: Biblical and Early Christian Manuscripts
    Peter Arzt-Grabner, Universität Salzburg, Presiding

    Lincoln H. Blumell, Brigham Young University
    A New New Testament Papyrus in the J. Rendel Harris Collection (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Brent Nongbri, Macquarie University
    A Lost Leaf of P.Bodmer XIII and the Construction of the Bodmer "Composite" or "Miscellaneous" Codex (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Peter Malik, University of Cambridge
    A Fresh Look at P.Beatty III (P47): Towards an Integrative Study of an Early Christian Codex (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)
    Break (5 min)

    Charles E. Hill, Reformed Theological Seminary
    Textual Division in Early Gospel Manuscripts Part II: Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with Some Further

    Reflections on the Numbering System in Vaticanus (25 min)
    Discussion (5 min)

    Don Barker, Macquarie University
    P.Oxy. 7.1007 Christian or Jewish? (25 min)

    Discussion (5 min)
  • Law and Transaction Costs in the Ancient Economy

    Dennis P. Kehoe, David M. Ratzan, and Uri Yiftach, editors
    A critical element of economic performance from antiquity to the present

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    Series Law and Society in the Ancient World
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    Transaction costs (TC) are the “friction” in an economic system, and their analysis is vital to understanding institutional design and economic performance. Law and Transaction Costs in the Ancient Economy is the first volume to collect specific studies from a transaction cost perspective. The volume offers models of this new way of looking at ancient evidence, and suggests ways in which traditional subject areas might inform problems in contemporary economics and legal studies.

    After the editors’ methodological introduction, the contributors investigate the roles and effects of transaction costs in fourth-century Athens, Ptolemaic Egypt, the Roman Empire, and late antiquity, on the basis of legal texts, papyri, and inscriptions. Collected here are some of the leading voices on TC analysis in ancient history, as well as established scholars, including several who do not usually publish in English: Alain Bresson, Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci, Rudolf Haensch, Dennis Kehoe, François Lerouxel, J. G. Manning, Brian Muhs, Josiah Ober, David M. Ratzan, Gerhard Thür, and Uri Yiftach.

    This volume will speak to those who identify with traditional subject areas, like epigraphy or Greek law, and will also demonstrate the value of experimenting with this new way of looking at ancient evidence.

    Jacket illustration: Stele of a Banker. Image courtesy of the National Museum in Belgrade.

    Dennis P. Kehoe is Professor of Classical Studies and Associate Faculty Member of the School of Law, Tulane University.

    David M. Ratzan is Head Librarian at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

    Uri Yiftach is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies at Tel Aviv University.
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