Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Alexandrian Documents from the Reign of Augustus

Alexandrian Documents from the Reign of Augustus

In 2007, I launched a website for Original Documents from Ancient Alexandria, where one can still find various bibliographies (now somewhat outdated) and other helpful tools (such as a list of measures and containers and their modern equivalents). I also included the English translation of five related documents, with a promise to add more such translations in the future. I have now finished the translation of all published documents from Alexandria from the reign of Augustus that derive from cartonnage found at Abusir el-Melek in the Heracleopolite nome and that were mostly published by Wilhelm Schubart in BGU 4. The program used to generate the website is no longer available, and I therefore had to design a new, more sober website. The translations are presented in paragraphs and come with line numbers (preceded by |) to allow users to compare the Greek texts in the Papyrological Navigator. I have also incorporated several corrections (mostly from the BL), which are flagged by a reference in parentheses in the translation itself, and such parentheses are also used for the occasional explanation (e.g., of a measure) or addition to make it easier to follow the translations. Corrections of my own will be published in Korr.Tyche. 

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