Regular MA admission; sufficient knowledge of ancient Greek (if in doubt, contact the instructor).
Greek papyri form an important source for the history of Greek, Roman and Byzantine Egypt. Students will read varied, mainly documentary, papyri from their editions and from photos and sometimes original papyri, learning to place them in their historical and cultural context. They wil also write a paper on a subject of their own choice within the field of documentary papyrology.
Individual supervision by the teacher will enable students of different levels (MA and ResMA), as well as students with varying prior knowledge of Greek papyrology, to participate.
have a basic knowledge of Greek papyrology and its apparatus;
be able to decipher easier documentary papyri;
be able to situate them in their historical and cultural context;
have acquired some basic editorial skills.
Two-hours weekly. The timetable is available on Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.
Mode of instruction
- Seminar, self-study and written assignments.
Total course load is 10 EC (= 280 hours):
attending 14 seminars: 28 hours;
preparing for seminars: 112 hours;
reading literature and preparing presentation: 80 hours;
preparing for oral exam: 60 hours.
Active presence in class (10%)
Written assignments during the course (20%)
Presentation in class (30%)
Oral exam at the end (40%)
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
In case the final mark is unsatisfactory (lower than 6), a student can take a second oral exam.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
information on homework and assignments
uploading written assignments
R.S. Bagnall (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology (Oxford University Press, 2009) (also available online through Leiden University Library);
P.W. Pestman, The New Papyrological Primer. Second Edition, Revised (Brill, Leiden, 1994);
More literature possibly announced during class.
Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University.
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.