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ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 165-174 Less Artemidorus and More Peter van Minnen University of Cincinnati Review article of Claudio Gallazzi, Birbel Kramer, and Salvatore Settis, II papiro di Artemidoro (P.Artemid.), with the collaboration of Gianfranco Adornato, Albio Cesare Cassio, and Agostino Soldati. Milano: LED Edizioni Universitarie di Lettere Economia Diritto, 2008. 630 pages + box with a volume of 40 plates, 4 folding plates, and a DVD. ISBN 978-88-7916-380-4. In this magnificently executed volume, Gallazzi and Kramer present the text on the front of this remarkable papyrus and Settis, assisted by a host of art historians, the illustrations on the front and back, which are threefold: a map inserted between columns 1-3 and 4-5 of the Greek text, a "bestiary" on the back, and drawing exercises on the front. Almost everything one would wish to know about this unique "document" can be found discussed at (great) length somewhere in the volume. It is unfortunate that no proper indices are provided; instead there are cross references. The editors are remarkably open about the circumstances that brought the papyrus ultimately to Turin, where it now resides in the Egyptian Museum. It was bought for that museum by the Fondazione per l'Arte della Compagnia di San Paolo in 2004 for 2.75 million euro from the Armenian-German dealer Serop Simonian. (This is quite a bit more than he was asking for it in the early 1990s.) The dealer claims he acquired the piece from the collection of an Egyptian mentioned in the old Baedeker and exported it in 1971 with afirman of the Egyptian government (p. 54). I suspect that the date, 1971, was chosen to avoid having the piece exported from Egypt after the UNESCO convention of 1972.1 More painful perhaps is the involvement of the Italian minister of culture, Giuliano Urbani, who encouraged the Compagnia to buy the piece. But I suppose as minister of Italian "beni culturali" he did not have to worry about someone else's! 1 See the "ASP resolution concerning the illicit trade in papyri" in BASP 44 (2007) 289-290.
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