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This is an archived exhibit of The Bancroft Library, University California, Berkeley.

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The Tebtunis Papyri: The First 100 Years

The exhibit Ancient Lives: The Tebtunis Papyri in Context coincided with an international symposium sponsored by The Bancroft Library and the Department of Classics on September 24 and 25, 1999. During this symposium, 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 subjects discussed included social and administrative history, cultural exchange, and religion. The symposium concluded with a roundtable 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 through the financial support of the Department of Classics, The Bancroft Library, APIS (Advanced Papyrological Information System), the Dean of Arts and Humanities in the College of Letters and Science, the Dean of the Graduate Division, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.



Some of the papers presented at the symposium may 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)

James Keenan (Loyola University 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"