Description of the Collection
Comprising 142 inventory numbers, the papyrus collection of the University
of Erlangen-Nuremberg counts among the less extensive ones in Germany. At
the suggestion of and supported by Dr. Bernhard Kübler, professor of law
at Erlangen University and also a renowned papyrologist, nos. 1 – 140 were
purchased by Carl Schmidt (1868-1938), professor for church history and
Coptic literature in Berlin. The acquisition was funded by the Sonderfonds
für wissenschaftliche Arbeiten an der Universität Erlangen
. The papyri were
restored and mounted by Hugo Ibscher (Berlin) and catalogued by Prof.
Wilhelm Schubart, the former head of the Berlin Papyrus Collection. In 1964,
two papyri from the estate of Friedrich Bock (1886-1964), head of the
Nuremberg Civic Library, were added to the collection. Originally, they had
been part of the Otto Gradenwitz collection in Heidelberg.
All papyri in the Erlangen collection are written in Ancient Greek and date
from the 4th to the 6th century AD. Most of them are documentary texts.
Only 15 are literary ones, among them verses from the Iliad, biblical or
other Christian texts, or writings on astrology and astronomy. The majority
were found at Oxyrhynchos. Only a few come from the Southern areas of Egypt.
Two of the documents are written in tachygraphy.
Schubart, Wilhelm: Die Papyri der Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen. Leipzig 1942.
(Katalog der Handschriften der Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen, Neubearbeitung, vol. III, pt. I)
Daniel, Robert W.: SB I 5674 5678 in Erlangen,
in: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 98 (1993), p. 38.