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Columbia University, 2006
Roger Bagnall and Raffaella Cribiore, organizers

The 2006 Summer Seminar was held at Columbia University from June 19 through July 28. It was focused on Late Antiquity, with work on both Greek and Coptic papyri, both documentary and literary. The faculty consisted of Roger Bagnall and Raffaella Cribiore (both Columbia University) and Heike Behlmer (Macquarie University). David Ratzan (Columbia University) was the seminar assistant. Additional lectures were given by Rodney Ast (Columbia University), AnneMarie Luijendijk (Princeton University), and Giovanni Ruffini (Columbia University). The group also visited the collections of Princeton University and the Pierpont Morgan Library, hearing presentations by Don C. Skemer and William Voelkle, respectively, and seeing representative papyri from these collections.

The participants in the seminar were Marja Bakker (Leiden University), Alette Bakkers (Leiden University), Stephen Bay (University of Illinois; now Brigham Young University), Katherine Blouin (Université Laval), Ari Bryen (University of Chicago), Usama Gad (Ain Shams University), Brendan Haug (University of California, Berkeley), Kevin Kalish (Princeton University), Florence Lemaire (Sorbonne), Rachel Mairs (University of Cambridge), Valentina Millozzi (Università degli Studi, Urbino), and Jennifer Westerfeld (University of Chicago).

The core program of the Seminar consisted of morning lecture/seminar meetings on topics ranging over the period from the late third century to the eighth century in both languages. In addition, two Coptic classes were offered, one for beginners and one for more advanced students. Each participant used the afternoon hours to edit one papyrus and one ostrakon, all from the Columbia collection, which were then presented in a series of seminar meetings during the second half of the six-week period. These texts will be published in a series of articles.

Funding for the Seminar was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Distinguished Achievement Awards to Roger Bagnall and Peter Brown.