The exhibit Ancient lives: the Tebtunis Papyri in context coincided with a symposium sponsored by the Bancroft Library and the Department of Classics on September 24 and 25, 1999. During this international symposium, entitled The Tebtunis Papyri, the first 100 years, presentations demonstrated the range of topics that can be studied in conjunction with the Tebtunis materials and ongoing archaeological exploration of the Fayum. The areas discussed included social and administrative history, cultural exchange, and religion. The symposium concluded with a round-table discussion, in which possible directions in which future study of the Tebtunis material might be taken were discussed by the participants.
The Symposium was made possible by the financial support of the Department of Classics, The Bancroft Library, APIS (Advanced Papyrological Information System), the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Dean of the Graduate Division, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.
The papers read at the symposium can be read here.
Roger Bagnall (Columbia University, New York), "Village and Urban Elites in Roman Tebtunis"
Ian Begg (Trent University), "New Potential from Old Archives"
Traianos Gagos (University of Michigan),
Jim Keenan (University of Chicago), "The Berkeley Collection, 1968-1979: Unfinished Business"
Joan Knudsen (Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley), "Highlights of Collections from Tebtunis in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology"
Brian Muhs (University of Leiden), "Demotic Texts from Tebtunis: Adaptation under Colonial Rule"
Dorothy Thompson (Girton College, Cambridge UK), "The Greek Frontier: Ptolemaic Settlers in the South Fayum"
Arthur Verhoogt (University of Leiden/The Bancroft Library), From Mummy to Megabyte: the first hundred years of The Tebtunis Papyri.