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

  • Singles in Antiquity Rome, Academia Belgica, 28-30 May, 2015

    Singleness is not only represented as a new and rapidly increasing lifestyle in the present days. It also became a fashionable field of research of social history. In a series of sessions of the European Social Science History Conference (Glasgow, 2012) questions were raised concerning the structural and cultural particularities of 'single life' in the cities. A conference at the University of Antwerp (Singles in the Cities of North-West Europe, c. 1000-2000) in March 2013 further expanded upon the insights from the Glasgow-conference.
    In this new field of research, the silence of ancient historians is striking. This may be partly explained by the lack of demographical data: there are virtually no statistics or censuses enabling to show how many men or women lived single in the towns of the Roman Empire. But far more problematic is the definition of singleness. In a society which did not yet know the Christian concept of marriage, in an environment where both the contracting of a marriage and divorce were fast and easy, the lines between married and unmarried were somehow vague. This may explain why there is not a proper or much used Latin or Ancient Greek word to denote the status of a bachelor or a spinster. We might even raise the question whether singleness for the ancient period could possible be defined as being unmarried. But even without the criterium of marriage, other approaches towards singleness in Antiquity are possible.
    Since this is the first conference ever on the theme, aiming at a book volume which will set the path for further research, both a chronological and thematic scope will be used to answer a variety of fundamental questions. The questions will be framed within a comparative perspective - taking attention to the way historians of other periods deal with the question.
    (1) The possibility of some demographic insight into singleness - and the way it was distributed (widows, unmarried, divorced, orphan). Difference between urban and rural environment.
    (2) Gendered aspects of the issue.
    (3) Social and economic drawbacks or incentives for single persons.
    (4) Social networks and the possibility of a subculture of singles.
    (5) Juridic consequences of singleness.
    (6) Funerary commemoration and representation of singleness.
    (7) The impact of Christianity.
    Christian Laes, University of Antwerp, Free University of Brussels
    Sabine Huebner, University of Basel
    Dates, Location
    28-30th May 2015,
    Academia Belgica in Rome.
    Small conference, maximum two days.
    15:30-16:00 Welcome; Coffee
    16:00-16:30 What’s in a Single? Roman Antiquity and a Comparative World Approach (Christian Laes)
    Panel I: Demographic, Archaeological, and Socio-Economic Approaches
    Chair: Christian Laes
    16:30 – 17:00 The Demographic Background for Singles: Roman Egypt and Beyond (Sabine Huebner)
    17:00 – 17:30  Looking for Singles in the Archaeological Record (Anna Boozer)
    17:30-18:00 Singleness as Business Strategy? Economic Incentives or Drawbacks of Living Alone (Wim Broekaert)
    18:00 – 18:30 Discussion
    18:30-19:30 Reception
    Panel II: Singles in Judaism, Chair: Ville Vuolanto
    9:30-10:00 Ranon Katzoff „Age at Marriage of Jewish Girls in Late Antiquity and the Rabbinic Rejection of Singleness“
    10:00-10:30 John Martens „Was Jesus Single?“
    10:30-11:00 Coffee break
    11:00-11:30 Kevin Funderburk „Contesting the Temple: Nazirite vows and primitive Christian celibacy“
    11:30-12:00 Discussion
    12:00-14:00 Lunch
    Panel III: Being Single in the Roman world
    Chair: Sabine Huebner
    14:00– 14:30 Penalizing celibacy? A Socio-cultural approach to Augustus’ marriage legislation (Judith Evans Grubbs)
    14:30-15:00  Living “Single” by Catullus and Cicero (Harri Kiiskinen)
    15:00-15:30 Detecting Roman Ideas on Female Singleness: a Literary perspective (Elina Pyy)
    15:30-16:00 Coffee break
    16:00-16:30 Single Commemoration in Latin Epigraphy (Hanne Sigismund Nielsen)
    16:30-17:00 Single as a Lena. The Depiction of Procuresses in Roman Augustan Literature (Mina Petrova Petrova)
    17:00-17:30 Single Women and Slaves in Roman Antiquity (Ilse Mueller)
    17:30-18:00 Discussion
    Panel IV: Late antique Christianity: the rise of the ideal of being single
    Chair: John Martens
    9:00-9:30 Single Commemoration in Christian inscriptions from Rome (Thomas Goessens)
    9:30-10:00 Three Different Ways of Life: Being Single in the Fourth Century CE (Raffaela Cribiore)
    10:00-10:30 Singleness as a Continuity Strategy. Ascetics Between the Earthly and Heavenly Family (Ville Vuolanto)
    10:30-11:00 Augustine, “Philosophical Retirement” and the Singles Life (Geoff Nathan)
    11:00-11:30 Coffee break
    11:30-12:00 Singles in Early Byzantine Literature (Stephanos Efthymiadis)
    12:00-12:30 “Listen to my mistreatment”: Coptic evidence for the difficulties faced by single women in Late Antique and early Islamic Egypt  (Jennifer Cromwell)
    12:30-13:00 Discussion
    13:00-14:30 Lunch
    Panel V: Comparative voices; Chair: Christian Laes and Sabine Huebner
    14:30-15:00 Singles and Celibacy in Early Islam (Mohammed Hocine Benkheira)
    15:00-15:30 Singleness in the Early Modern Period: How Do Historians Cope with It? (Julie De Groot)
    15:30-16:00 Singleness in the Libri Animarum (19th Century Italy) (Matteo Manfredini)
    15:30-16:00 Final Discussion
    20:00 Conference Dinner
  • Forthcoming in August: 
    Christian Oxyrhynchus
    Texts, Documents, and Sources
    Edited by Lincoln H. Blumell and Thomas A. Wayment
    Baylor University Press
    Hardback, 778 pages
    Published: 15th August 2015
    ISBN: 9781602585393
    Format: 9in x 6in

    Blumell and Wayment present a thorough compendium of all published papyri, parchments, and patristic sources that relate to Christianity at Oxyrhynchus before the fifth century CE. Christian Oxyrhynchus provides new and expanded editions of Christian literary and documentary texts that include updated readings, English translations––some of which represent the first English translation of a text––and comprehensive notes.

    The volume features New Testament texts carefully collated against other textual witnesses and a succinct introduction for each Oxyrhynchus text that provides information about the date of the papyrus, its unique characteristics, and textual variants. Documentary texts are grouped both by genre and date, giving readers access to the Decian Libelli, references to Christians in third- and fourth-century texts, and letters written by Christians. A compelling resource for researchers, teachers, and students, Christian Oxyrhynchus enables broad access to these crucial primary documents beyond specialists in papyrology, Greek, Latin, and Coptic.

    “Christian Oxyrhynchus is a marvelous resource for scholars and students alike. The volume collects not only the fragments of texts that eventually became part of the ‘New Testament’ but also a wealth of extracanonical Christian texts, hymns, prayers, tractates, and amulets that constituted the library of knowledge that Oxyrhynchite Christians had in the second to the fourth centuries C.E. Taken together, these form a rich dossier, illustrating the complexion and contours of Christianity at this important Egyptian city.”

    —John S. Kloppenborg, F.R.S.C., Chair and Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

    "This important new collection forms an indispensable aid to research on early Christian Egypt, and will serve as the basis for the next generation of work on Christianity in Oxyrhynchus".

    —Malcolm Choat, Associate Professor, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University

    "A treasure trove! This book will serve as a rich resource both for teaching and for original research on a formative period in the history of early Christianity with first hand documents from a known provenance. I am sure it will stimulate and generate new research on this important site and its Christian population. I recommend it warmly.”

    —AnneMarie Luijendijk, Chair and Professor, Department of Religion, Princeton University

    “For the first time ever, Lincoln Blumell and Thomas Wayment provide a collection of literary and documentary witnesses to early Christianity from a late ancient town in Upper Egypt. Students and scholars alike will profit from the meticulous and scrutinizing work of collecting this mass of papyri from the second to the fourth century.”

    —Thomas J. Kraus, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Jean Gascou writes on Papy-L:An index of the so-called Euphrates Papyri is now available at the Institut de Papyrologie de la Sorbonne website, together with  digital images of the texts.
    This document (a "working paper") has been compiled by Damien Labadie. It is a first step towards the gathering of the whole dossier into a corpus.Some of these texts on papyrus and leather from Middle Euphrates are published in:
    J. Gascou-D. Feissel, Documents d'archives romains inédits du Moyen Euphrate (IIIe s. ap. J.-C.), CRAI 113.3, 1989, 535-561 (=Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 133e année, N. 3, 1989),
    J. Gascou-D. Feissel, Documents d'archives romains inédits du Moyen Euphrate (IIIe s. après J-C) [I. Les pétitions (T. Euphr. 1 à 5)] , Journal des Savants 1995, 65-119,
    J. Gascou-D. Feissel-J.Teixidor, Documents d'archives romains inédits du Moyen Euphrate (IIIe siècle après J-C) [II. Les actes de vente- achat (P. Euphr. 6 À 10) ],  Journal des Savants 1997, 3-57. 
  • Istituto Papirologico Girolamo VitelliIstituto Papirologico «G. Vitelli» (Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia dell’Università degli Studi di Firenze) – Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana – Accademia Fiorentina di Papirologia e di Studi sul Mondo AnticoTREDICESIMO SEMINARIO PAPIROLOGICO FIORENTINO

    Papiri inediti delle collezioni fiorentine
    Il seminario si terrà a Firenze dal 7 al 15 settembre 2015, presso l’Istituto Papirologico «G. Vitelli» (Borgo degli Albizi 12), e sarà coordinato dai proff. Guido Bastianini (Università di Firenze), Gabriella Messeri (Università di Napoli «Federico II») e Rosario Pintaudi (Università di Messina), con la collaborazione dei drr. Antonio López García, Francesca Maltomini, Giovanna Menci, Simona Russo e Marco Stroppa.

    Il lavoro dei partecipanti si svolgerà su testi inediti delle collezioni fiorentine.
    I partecipanti saranno impegnati nel restauro dei papiri e saranno loro fornite le necessarie istruzioni tecniche per operare sul materiale. Inoltre, i partecipanti affronteranno lo studio diretto degli originali: saranno fornite le nozioni fondamentali sulla metodologia della trascrizione e sulle varie tipologie dei testi che si recuperano dai papiri, nonché nozioni di inquadramento storico generale. I partecipanti potranno altresì visitare la collezione di materiali archeologici custoditi presso l’Istituto Papirologico «G. Vitelli».

    Il seminario è riservato a giovani in possesso di Laurea triennale o magistrale, in ambito letterario o storico, con percorsi di studio di indirizzo classico (filologico o storico-antico). Sono ammessi anche studenti stranieri, con analoghi requisiti. Costituirà titolo preferenziale per l’ammissione al seminario l’avere svolto una tesi in Papirologia; non verranno prese in considerazione le domande di coloro che abbiano precedentemente partecipato a più di un’altra iniziativa analoga.
    Al termine del seminario, sarà rilasciato un attestato di frequenza a coloro che abbiano seguito tutte le fasi dei lavori.

    Il numero dei partecipanti è limitato a 12.
    La quota di iscrizione è fissata in 250 euro.

    Le domande di iscrizione devono pervenire entro il 26 giugno 2015 e devono essere indirizzate al prof. Guido Bastianini presso l’Istituto Papirologico «G. Vitelli», Borgo degli Albizi 12, I-50122 Firenze. Si prega di indicare sulla busta: “Tredicesimo Seminario Papirologico Fiorentino”. Alla domanda, in carta semplice, devono essere acclusi il curriculum vitae e una lettera di presentazione rilasciata da un docente universitario.

    La quota di iscrizione dovrà essere versata secondo le modalità che saranno indicate nella lettera con cui sarà comunicato che la domanda di iscrizione è stata accettata.
    I richiedenti saranno informati sull’esito della loro domanda entro il 15 luglio 2015.
    I coordinatori del Seminario

    Guido Bastianini, Gabriella Messeri, Rosario Pintaudi