Papas case study
The bilingual archive of Papas, pagarch in the years 660-670’s, has been found in 1922 in a jar in Edfu and transferred in the French Institute in Cairo. Roger Rémondon published a hundred of Greek documents in 1953 but the Coptic side was left mostly unstudied. Since 2016, a dozen of scholars meet regularly to work on this archive. Most of the papyri were broken into small pieces and the challenge addressed by this case study is to classify and reunite them.
R. Rémondon, Papyrus grecs d’Apollônos Anô, DFIFAO 19, 1953. (downloadable here)
A. Boud’hors et A. Delattre, avec la collaboration de L. Berkes, R.-L. Chang, E. Garel, J. Gascou, I. Marthot, G. Ochała, N. Vanthieghem, "Un nouveau départ pour les archives de Papas", BIFAO 117, 2017, p. 87-124.
A. Boud’hors et A. Delattre, avec la collaboration de R.-L. Chang, E. Garel, J. Gascou, I. Marthot, G. Ochała, "Papyrus coptes et grecs de la jarre d’Edfou (suite)", BIFAO 118, 2018, p. 1-46.
A. Boud’hors, “Situating the Figure of Papas, Pagarch of Edfu at the End of the Seventh Century: the Contribution of the Coptic Documents” in S. R. Huebner, E. Garosi, I. Marthot-Santaniello, M. Müller, S. Schmidt and M. Stern (eds), Living the End of Antiquity – Individual Histories from Byzantine to Islamic Egypt, forthcoming.