Thursday, October 27, 2016

Homer and the Papyri

 [First posted in AWOL 16 May 2011, updated 27 October 2016]

Homer and the Papyri


Homer and the Papyri, first created by Professor Dana Sutton of the University of California, Irvine, is here published in a second electronic edition. The edition consists of a database of Homeric papyri published prior to the year 2004.

Homer & the Papyri Editors and Advisors

Editor in Chief: Gregory Nagy, Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies

Editor Emeritus: Dana F. Sutton, The University of California, Irvine

A note to users about the Homer and the Papyri database

The database archived here was created in 2002 by Michael Jones, with the cooperation and supervision of the Stoa Consortium, edited at that time by Anne Mahoney and Ross Scaife. The database is now more than a decade old and has not been updated since 2003. Instead, complete editions of Homeric papyri are now being published as part of the Homer Multitext project. What follows is an overview of the current functionality of the two major types of searches available in this archived version of Homer and the Papyri.

Searching for variants: Users may search for variants by specifying Iliad or Odyssey, book number, or a particular witness, as described on the Homer and the Papyri Help page and in the Introduction.

Searching and generating lists of papyrus witnesses: Lists of Homeric papyri (regardless of whether or not they contain variants) can be generated by the database for the Iliad and Odyssey by simply choosing the title and selecting the "search witnesses" button. This list cannot be further specified. 
More Information
Read Information on the Present Edition
Read the Introduction to the Previous Web-based Edition of Homer and the Papyri

Read the Letter from Gregory Nagy to Dana Sutton, which created the present edition of Homer and the Papyri
How to Contribute
Homer and the Papyri is now part of the Homer Multitext. If you would be interested in contributing XML editions of Homeric papyri to the project, please contact the project editors, Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott. All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and credited to their editor(s).


  1. The link doen't seem to work; when trying the link, I ontain the following message:

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  2. I've made a temporary change and I'm looking for a better solution. Thanks for letting me know.