Petra Papyri

Laitos: Klassillisen filologian laitos
Yhteyshenkilö: Matias Buchholz
Sähköposti: matias.buchholz@helsinki.fi

1. Linguistic research resource

a. Official or identificatory name and acronym Petra Papyri (P. Petra)
b. Short description of content Greek-language papyrus archive dating to the 6th century, found in carbonized state at Petra, Jordan. Contains documentary texts relating mainly to the legal and fiscal affairs of a well-off local family. Partly published. Ongoing research divided between two teams, one at the University of Helsinki, the other at the University of Michigan.
c. Originality status Found at Petra, Jordan, in excavations conducted by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR). Originals stored at ACOR at Amman, Jordan. Transcriptions and images (both digital and traditional) stored, among others, at ACOR, at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Michigan. Published volumes largely available around the world.

primary/original location (→ known/most significant copies)
copy (→ location of original?)
d. Description of size and extent Ca. 140 carbonized scrolls, whose length varies from a few centimeters to several meters. Mostly very fragmentary. Ca. 30-40 scrolls are preserved well enough to yield substantial information. Not all the texts have been fully analyzed yet. All in all, perhaps up to 30.000 words, including restorations (very rough estimate!). No annotation.

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Proportion which has been automatically/manually annotated/verified with respect to prosody/morphology/syntax/ semantics/discourse etc.
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e. Storage format Plain Word files (transcriptions), JPG and TIFF (images). Partly published in printed form; transcriptions, translations, digital images and various metadata of the published part of the archive also available on the internet (see below).

Electronic (plain text; XML/HTML; WAV; MP3; AVI; etc.)
Non-electronic (file card; tape; C-cassette; VHS-video; etc.)
f. (Estimated) time invested in the collection and processing of the resource Too difficult to estimate in terms of person months. The scrolls were excavated by an American-led team in 1993 and opened and conserved by a Finnish team in 1994-1995. Since 1995, they have been analyzed and prepared for publication, the work is still going on. Over the years, dozens of people from several countries have been involved.

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g. Contact person(s) and their contact information (E-mail & telephone); may be the same for all points (a), (b) and (c). a, b and c:

Jaakko Frösén, director of the Finnish branch of the project (jaakko.frosen@helsinki.fi, (09) 191 22160). In the last instance, Barbara Porter (director of ACOR, acor@go.com.jo).

a) person who in practice administers the resource and grants (possibly required) usage permits
b) person who has physical possession of the contracts concerning the resource, by which the resource has been acquired for use at the department
c) person(s) who has/have originally contracted acquired, collected, compiled and/or annotated the resource, and who thus has copyright to the material and whose permission is (possibly) required to access the resource.
h. (Main) references to published articles or other written works describing the resource itself or research based on its use. Main publications (which also include references to minor publications):
- Jaakko Frösén, Antti Arjava, Marjo Lehtinen (eds.): The Petra Papyri I. Amman: American Center of Oriental Research, 2002.
- Antti Arjava, Matias Buchholz, Traianos Gagos (eds.): The Petra Papyri III. Amman: American Center of Oriental Research, 2007.
i. Link(s) to more extensive/thorough descriptions of the resource in the Internet (which may be in any language) - http://www.helsinki.fi/hum/kla/papupetra/papyrus/hiiltyneet.html (short general description in Finnish)
- http://wwwapp.cc.columbia.edu/ldpd/app/apis/search?mode=search&institution=petra&sort=date&resPerPage=25&action=search&p=1 (metadata, translations, images etc. of the published texts)
- http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.05.0256;layout=;loc=1;query=toc (original Greek texts published in volume I)
j. Physical location of resource (server and directory path or Internet address, or room/person in the case of non-electronic materials) For the Finnish part, the materials are mainly stored in the so-called “papyrus room” at the Department of Classical Philology (Kluuvikatu 7, 5th floor).
k. Miscellaneous other notes  

Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss / Slaby
http://compute-in.ku-eichstaett.de:8888/pls/epigr/epigraphik_de

Packard Humanities Institute Searchable Greek Inscriptions
http://epigraphy.packhum.org/inscriptions/

Le iscrizioni del Museo Civico di Catania: Le immagini
http://www.helsinki.fi/hum/kla/catania

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Resource Name Petra Papyri
Resource Type Written Corpus
Languages Greek
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Description Greek-language papyrus archive dating to the 6th century, found in carbonized state at Petra, Jordan. Contains documentary texts relating mainly to the legal and fiscal affairs of a well-off local family.
Country Jordan
Institute Department of Classical Philology, University of Helsinki
Contact Person Jaakko Frösén, director of the Finnish branch of the project (jaakko.frosen@helsinki.fi, (09) 191 22160), Barbara Porter (director of ACOR, acor@go.com.jo)
Begin year of resource creation 1995
Finalization year

Format Text and images.
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Publications Jaakko Frösén, Antti Arjava, Marjo Lehtinen (eds.): The Petra Papyri I. Amman: American Center of Oriental Research, 2002., Antti Arjava, Matias Buchholz, Traianos Gagos (eds.): The Petra Papyri III. Amman: American Center of Oriental Research, 2007.
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Collection Location Department of Classical Philology, University of Helsinki
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Collection Format Detailed Plain Word files (transcriptions), JPG and TIFF (images). Partly published in printed form; transcriptions, translations, digital images and various metadata of the published part of the archive also available on the internet.
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Collection Size Ca. 140 carbonized scrolls, Ca. 30-40 scrolls are preserved well enough to yield substantial information. All in all, perhaps up to 30.000 words, including restorations (very rough estimate!).
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Topic revision: r3 - 2011-11-14 - KimmoKoskenniemi
 
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