Papyrus Collection of the Institute of Ancient Studies Jena

Prof. Dr. Rainer Thiel

Institut für Altertumswissenschaften
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Tel. +49 (0) 3641 944 800

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Papyrus Collection Jena
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Euripides, Bakchai 64-69
Description of the Collection
The papyrus collection of the Institute of Ancient Studies at the University of Jena possesses more than 2000 papyri and ostraca and thus belongs to the larger papyrus collections in Germany. Besides few but important literary texts (e.g. the famous Irenaeus-Papyrus) the major part of the collection is of documentary nature, (e.g. letters, administrative and legal documents, business documents receipts etc.). They date from early Ptolemaic times (3rd century BC) to the time after the Arab conquest of Egypt (7th century AD) and are written in ancient Greek, Demotic, Coptic, Arabic and Latin. The major part comes from the 3rd and 2nd century BC and was written in Greek and Demotic.
The papyrus collection in Jena was founded before World War I. Most of the papyri and especially the mummy cartonnage came from the Deutsches Papyruskartell and were purchased between 1904 and 1913. Small private collections completed the collection later, of which the collection of the papyrologist Friedrich Zucker is especially noteworthy.

Important Publications

Friedrich Zucker, F. Schneider (Hgg.): Jenaer Papyrus-Urkunden, Jena 1926. (P.Jen. I)

Rodney Ast: Late Antique Greek Papyri in the Collection of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Pap.Texte Abh. XLV), Bonn 2010. (P.Jen. II)

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