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University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati 2005
Peter van Minnen, Organizer

The Papyrological Summer Institute at the University of Cincinnati ran from July 5 to August 5, 2005, and was made possible by a generous grant from the Louise Taft Semple Fund of the Department of Classics. Twelve advanced graduate students from North America and beyond, selected by William Johnson and Peter van Minnen (both University of Cincinnati) from a pool of applicants about twice as large, attended workshops and worked on scans of papyri from the Vienna collection and on original papyri on loan from the University of Michigan through the kind offices of Traianos Gagos and Shannon Zachary. The Michigan papyri were kept in our Archives and Rare Books Department, where Kevin Grace was our host.

The students were: Susan Beresford from University College London, Lincoln Blumell and Donald Sells from the University of Toronto, David Branscome from Indiana University, Sandra Burgess from the University of Missouri, Chris Eckerman from the University of California Los Angeles, Daria Miheeva from Moscow University, Jason Reddoch and Stephen Self from the University of Cincinnati, Dan Ullucci from Brown University, Phil Venticinque from the University of Chicago, and Athanassios Vergados from the University of Virginia. Most of them were classicists, but others had a religious studies background.

The workshops were conducted by Jean-Luc Fournet (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris) and Peter van Minnen, who acted as the principal instructors, and by Willy Clarysse (University of Leuven, Belgium) and William Johnson. Additional lectures were given by Caroline Magdelaine (Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg, now the Sorbonne, Paris), Dave Martinez (University of Chicago), Katy McNamee (Wayne State University), Gregg Schwendner (Wichita State University, then Tytus Summer Fellow at Cincinnati) and Susan Stephens (Stanford University).

The stated theme of the summer institute was "Books and Religions," and we devoted relatively many workshops to it, although we also covered the basics of documentary papyrology. Most papyri the students worked on were Greek documents, but there were a few literary and religious texts as well (Ecclesiastes in Greek and the apocryphal Letter to Abgar in Coptic). Among the documents, a detailed temple inventory listing rare cult items and a checklist of fancy clothes packed for a high official on a business trip stand out.