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Greek Papyrology


Admission requirements

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 will study some original papyri from photos, learning to place them in their historical and cultural context.

Course objectives

Students will have a basic knowledge of Greek papyrology and its apparatus, will be able to decipher easier documentary papyri and situate them in their historical and cultural context, and will have acquired some basic editorial skills.


Please consult the timetable on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website
Timetable to be arranged between student(s) and instructor

Mode of instruction

Seminar, self-study and written assignments

Course Load

attending seminars: 14 hours
preparing for seminars: 56 hours
reading literature and writing assignments: 130 hours
preparing oral exam: 80 hours
Total 280 hours

Assessment method

Written exam on introductory literature before start of classes; active presence in class (10%); written assignments during the course (40%) and oral exam at the end (50%).



Reading list

R.S. Bagnall (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology (2009).
P.W. Pestman, The New Papyrological Primer. Second Edition, Revised (1994).
More literature announced during class.


Students are required to register for this course via uSis, the course registration system of Leiden University. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
Registration Contractonderwijs


Instructor via e-mail