New book: “Papyri from Karanis: The Granary C123”

by Kathryn Beaton September 17, 2018

From our Classics editor Ellen Bauerle:   The Press is very pleased to note that the Chronicle of Higher Education recently listed among its books received our recently published volume Papyri from Karanis:  The Granary C123, edited by W. Graham Claytor, Assistant Professor of Classics at Hunter College, and Arthur Verhoogt, Professor of Papyrology and Greek and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. This volume represents a restart of one of the Press’s oldest series, going back to the early days of the University of Michigan and its Press.  It also showcases the University’s stellar collection of Greco-Roman papyri,  the largest such in the […]

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C. Michael Sampson Featured on “As It Happens”

by Phillip Witteveen November 7, 2012

C. Michael Sampson, co-author of the recent New Literary Papyri from the Michigan Collection, discussed new findings on the mythology of the Siege of Troy with host Carol Off on As It Happens. The papyrus in question, which  dates from the late 3rd century, was acquired by the University of Michigan over 80 years ago, but was not studied until the 1990s because it “was mis-catalogued.” “Scholars who were working, no doubt fairly quickly …  filed it away as being a Coptic piece,” Sampson said The 44 lines of poetry that make up the contents of this discovery represent  “a speech delivered to the Greek […]

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Was Jesus married? Roger Bagnall weighs in on newly-discovered papyrus

by Shaun Manning September 19, 2012

Karen L. King, a historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, is preparing to present a newly-discovered 4th-century papyrus containing the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’” The document, a tiny fragment of a larger piece that has since been lost, was delivered to King by an anonymous collector, who is considering donating the papyrus to Harvard. King said that, unlike the notoriously mistranslated Gospel of Judas, the Coptic word for “wife” is unambiguous and could not mean anything else; she cautioned that it does not mean the historical Jesus was married, but that some early Christian traditions […]

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