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 (, (09) 191 22160), Barbara Porter (director of ACOR,
Begin year of resource creation 1995
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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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