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Stanford University, 2008
Joseph G. Manning, organizer

The 2008 Summer Seminar was held at Stanford University.

The 2008 Summer Seminar, directed by J.G. Manning, was held at Stanford University from 1-31 July. It was focused on the Ptolemaic Greek and Demotic documentary papyri in the Stanford University collection. The faculty consisted of Professors Arthur Verhoogt (Michigan) and Mark Depauw (KU Leuven). Additional lectures were given by Professors Janet Johnson (Chicago), Joe Manning (now Yale), Andrew Monson (now NYU), and Christelle Fischer (now USC). The group also spent several days learning the craft of papyrus conservation at Stanford's Conservation lab under the expert guidance of Ms. Leyla Lau-Lamb (Michigan) who was kind enough to come out for a week.

The participants, an unusually fine and dedicated group of young scholars, were:

Graham Claytor (Columbia), Alicia Cunningham-Bryant (Yale), Elizabeth Davidson (Chicago), Tasha Dobbin (Yale), Rob Groves (UCLA), Brittany Hayden (Chicago), Béatrice Le Teuff (Bordeaux), Mario Paganini (Oxford/Italy), Fred Porta (Stanford), Barbara Richter (Berkeley), Kathryn Stevens (Oxford), Jelle Stoop (Yale/Belgium), John Sutherland (Stanford), Andrew Sweet (Cornell), Carolin Arlt (Würzburg/Berkeley), Eman Ahmad (Ain Shams/Egypt), Marja Vierros (Helsinki), Nicola Reggiani (Parma).

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, a demotic grammar and paleography class was offered by Mark Depauw in the afternoons. Each participant used the afternoon hours to edit one papyrus

These texts will be published in a series of articles. Some nice publicity for the school was raised through Joe Manning appearing on the PRI radio show "The World." And a nice story in the Stanford News was published toward the end of the School: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2008/july23/papyri-072308.html

Funding for the Seminar was provided by the Department of Classics, the Social Science History Institute, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost's office of Stanford University.

Submitted by JG Manning (Yale, Departments of History and Classics), Mark Depauw (KU Leuven, Head of Ancient History), and Arthur Verhoogt (Michigan, Department of Classical Studies).