Papyrus Collection of the Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nuremberg

Dr. Josef Mayr
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Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg
Abteilung III: Handschriften und Graphische Sammlung
D-91051 Erlangen
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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.

Important Publications

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.

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