The scientific committee "Classical Studies" maintains the series Collectanea
Hellenistica that publishes archival studies and text editions. The series is under
the auspices of the Académie Internationale.
Purpose of the series
Thanks to the exceptional climatic circumstances of the Nile valley, perishable
material such as papyri was preserved here in large numbers, allowing to study local
history in similar detail as for medieval towns, universities or parishes.
Most of this material was found either by Egyptian farmers destroying the mud-brick
houses of ancient villages in search of fertiliser or by papyrus hunting expeditions
with little or no archaeological interest. Still it is clear that relatively few
papyri were found in isolation. Usually they were still grouped when excavated:
family papers could be kept in a box or jar, or bound together and put in a window-recess;
administrative documents were sometimes reused for stuffing sacred crocodiles. But
detailed descriptions of the finds are rare and more often than not the connection
between papyri of a single find has to be painfully reconstructed by the editor
of the texts many years after their discovery.
The series of Collectanea Hellenistica intends to help the historian find his way
in the labyrinth of Greek and Egyptian (Demotic) papyri of Greco-Roman Egypt, by
setting up sign-posts linking texts that once belonged together, by studying and
editing individual archives and groups of texts that have remained unpublished or
have been published in an unsatisfactory manner.
Our main interest goes out to three groups of archives: bilingual archives (Greek-Demotic)
of the Ptolemaic period; archives of the Fayum oasis, both Ptolemaic and Roman;
archives from Upper Egypt (Thebes and Pathyris).
For more information on the known papyrus and ostraca archives, see the homepage
"papyrus collections world wide":
Editorial board: W. Clarysse (K.U.Leuven), K. Vandorpe (K.U.Leuven)
Manuscripts may be sent to Willy Clarysse (Willy.Clarysse@arts.kuleuven.be)
or Katelijn Vandorpe (Katelijn.Vandorpe@arts.kuleuven.be).
Committee info sheet