RSS03.14 Greek Papyri and the Society of Graeco-Roman Egypt

The aim of this course is to experience ‘doing Greek papyrology’, by preparing an edition of unpublished Greek papyrus fragments from Hellenistic and Roman Egypt.

In order to go from a papyrus fragment to a publication, a papyrologist needs to transcribe, translate and contextualize (that is, offer a commentary, look for parallels and offer an interpretation of) the papyrus text. Doing papyrology, therefore, requires a broad set of skills and knowledge, for instance of the Greek language, Greek palaeography and of Greek, Roman and Egyptian history.

One aim of this course is to familiarize the participants with the various aspects of Greek papyrology through lectures in which experts will share their knowledge and experience. The other aim is to gain insight in the tasks of a papyrologist through a hands-on approach featuring unpublished papyrus fragments. In small groups (of 2 or 3 participants), you will study one of the fragments and prepare an edition of the fragment.

In addition, each group will peer-review the results of the other groups in plenary discussions. Using these discussions’ input, each group can finalize the edition of its own fragment. The ultimate goal will be to submit the collected editions to a papyrological journal. The results of the 2023 Radboud Summer School on the Nijmegen fragments will be published soon in an international, peer-reviewed journal.

Detailed program (pdf, 33 kB)


3 July 2023 - 7 July 2023
Course Fee

Regular: €500

Early Bird: €450 (application deadline* April 1st)

Scholarships and discounts Find more information here
Application deadline

May 1st

*Your application is only completed when the course fee has been paid

Course leader Mark de Kreij
Level of participant
  • Advanced Bachelor
  • Master
  • PhD
  • This course is aimed at graduate students (MA or PhD) of any aspect of the Ancient World
Admission requirements Advanced competence in Ancient Greek; no experience in papyrology is required.
Admission documents
  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • For undergratuate applicants; a reference letter from a teacher testifying to their linguistic competence and motivation
Mode of Study On Campus
Location To be determined