Papyrology: Events and Physical Exhibits

Physical Exhbits

Puzzle Me This: Early Binding Fragments and Other Evidence from the U-M Papyrology Collection

Exhibit will open July 15, 2014.

Parsons Papyrology Exhibit Case

The Parsons Papyrology Exhibit Case, located in the Audubon Room on the first floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library, guarantees that there will always be one piece of ancient papyrus on public display at the U-M Library. The case was made possible by a gift from Gardner and Ann Parsons.

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Currently on Display

Exhibit is closed until July 15, 2014.

Previously on Display

Contract with Castanet Dancers and Rules for Musical Contests

P. Corn. inv. II 26
Contract with Castanet Dancers
Greek, provenance unknown
Philadelphia, Egypt, April 14, 206 C.E.

A cheirographon contact (letter-contract type). Artemisia hires Isidora and two other castanet dancers to perform at a festival at her house at Philadelpheia. She will be paid 36 drachmai per day, plus 4 artabai of barley and 20 pairs of bread loaves.

To Isidora, castanet dancer, from Artemisia of the village of Philadelphia. I wish to engage you with two other castanet dancers to perform at the festival at my house for six days beginning with the 24th of the month Payni according to the old calendar, you to receive as pay 36 drachmai for each day, and for the entire period 4 artabai of barley and 20 pairs of bread loaves; and whatsoever garments or gold ornaments you may bring down, we will guard these safely; and we will furnish you with two donkeys when you come down to us and a like number when you go back to the city.
Year 14 of Lucius Septimius Severus Pius Pertinax and Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Pius, Augusti, and Publius Septimius Geta Caesar Augustus, Payni 16.

Photo of papyrus fragment


P. Mich. inv. 4682
Rules for Musical Contests
Greek, found in Karanis, Egypt
probably from Alexandria, Egypt, 2nd-3rd century C.E.

Set of requirements and prohibitions imposed by tradition on various types of musical performances in contests.

(Fragment I)
. . . part of the melodies to have been completed.
Nome of the Cyclic Pipers
Let the cyclic piper pipe the nome. But if . . . he omit a part, he is disqualified. And if he introduce fewer . . . or come in by the side door, or bring in . . . for the actor . . . and so . . . of these, he is disqualified. And it shall be permitted in the final part for him who wishes to bring in with himself citharists and actors not less than three, of whom two must be comic . . . in order to . . . And on as many counts as apply to the others, the Pythian piper is disqualified and let him be the chorus leader himself . . . bringing in . . .

(Fragment II)
. . . raining blows.
Nome of the Cyclic Citharists
Let the cyclic citharist, with gear and garb and entrances and exits perform on the same terms as the cyclic pipers. And on the same terms also he is disqualified. But if . . . the one in charge of the cithara for the Pythian citharists . . ., let him also be in charge of the cyclic citharists . . . Let it be permitted for him to have also two accompanying citharists . . . and in the final part comic . . .

photo of payprus fragment


Papyrus Conservation Seminar, June 16-27, 2014
University of Michigan Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Papyrus Collection of the University of Michigan Library will host a two-week seminar in papyrus conservation, from Monday, June 16 to Friday, June 27, 2014, directed by senior conservator Leyla Lau-Lamb. Participants will receive a hands-on introduction to papyrus conservation. They will learn about equipment and materials used in papyrus conservation and the theory and methodology behind current conservation techniques. They will then utilize these techniques to perform a range of treatment on actual papyri from the University of Michigan’s Papyrus Collection, including written documentation, digital photo-documentation, mechanical cleaning, damp treatments, reduction of folds, alignment of fibers, alignment of fragments, and methods of housing and storage.

(Registration for this event has closed.)

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