University of California, Berkeley, 2004
Todd Hickey, Organizer
In June and July of 2004, the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri hosted a seminar in papyrology for advanced graduate students and junior faculty. The seminar was presented under the auspices of the American Society of Papyrologists and was generously supported by Deans Ralph Hexter and Mary Ann Mason; by The Bancroft Library and the Department of Classics; and by Professors Donald Mastronarde, Ronald Stroud, Anthony Long, and Erich Gruen. Professors Arthur Verhoogt (Michigan) and Karl-Theodor Zauzich (Würzburg) were the principal instructors. Additional lectures and workshops were provided by Professors Susan Stephens (Stanford), Richard Jasnow (Johns Hopkins), Joseph Manning (Stanford), and Jacco Dieleman (UCLA); and by Tina DiCerbo (University of Chicago Epigraphic Survey). CTP received twenty-three applications from around the world for the ten places; the application pool was so strong that the admissions committee decided to accept twelve individuals. In the end, the following young scholars took part in the seminar: Carolin Arlt (Würzburg), D.ssa Silvia Barbantani (Venice), James Brusuelas (Irvine), Christelle Fischer (Stanford), Brigit Flannery (Berkeley), Marius Gerhardt (Halle-Wittenberg), Jacqueline Jay (Chicago), Jean Li (Berkeley), Andrew Monson (Stanford), Giovanni Ruffini (Columbia), Will Shearin (Berkeley), and Monica Signoretti (Johns Hopkins).
The seminar concerned the most neglected lot of papyri in the Berkeley collection: the 3rd and 2nd Century BCE papyri from the human mummy cartonnage that the Phoebe Hearst-sponsored expedition had recovered (in 1900) from the cemetery outside the remains of the village of Tebtunis. None of the thousands of Egyptian papyri from this lot had been studied, and several of the fragments looked promising-they were literary or had content of obvious interest (e.g., a fragment mentioning Jerusalem). The Greek part of the lot was much better known but had yielded some very important texts (both literary and documentary, but most notably the fragments of Sophocles's lost satyr play Inachos) and contained several archives (bodies of texts deliberately assembled in Antiquity). The participants were given the option of editing a papyrus (or papyri) or preparing a synthetic study of a group of texts (e.g., those deriving from a single mummy). Throughout, the importance of working with all of the evidence from a certain context, regardless of language, format, etc.-an obvious principle so often ignored-was emphasized.
The participants' projects will appear in the sixth volume of the revitalized Tebtunis Papyri series (to be published by the Oriental Institute Press of the University of Chicago). The "Jerusalem fragment," incidentally, turned out to be an important text concerning the revolt of the governor of Coele Syria, Ptolemy, the son of Thraseas, during the Fifth Syrian War; while the literature included a substantial narrative concerning the battle between Re and Apophis and a ghost story.