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American Studies in Papyrology
The following new and forthcoming volumes can be ordered from Oxbow
Books and the David Brown Book Co. (http://www.oxbowbooks.com).
ASP 43, It is Our Father Who Writes: Orders from the Monastery of Apollo
at Bawit, ed. Sarah J. Clackson,
Editions of 91 papyri, all but 13 of which are published for the first time;
most texts are in Coptic. The texts concern the day-to-day administration of
an Egyptian monastery in the eighth century CE. The central core consists of
orders issued from a monastic superior to various subordinates, with some 71
orders beginning with the formula "it is our father who writes to his son." The
requisite indices and a bibliography complete the volume.
November 2008, $50.00
ASP 46, Monastic Estates in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt: Ostraca,
Papyri, and Studies in Honour of Sarah Clackson, ed. Anne Boud'hors, James
Clackson, Catherine Louis, and Petra Sijpesteijn.
This rich and varied volume presents papers given at the symposium in
2004 that honored Sarah Clackson's memory ("The Administration of Monastic Estates in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt"), plus four additional
papers. A complete bibliography for Sarah Clackson and an essay examining
her formative role in Coptic Studies up to the time of her premature death
precede the editions of previously unpublished ostraca and papyri, or revised
and expanded editions of previously published items (O.Clackson 1-34 and
P Clackson 35-50); nine essays follow, addressing socio-economic and religious
issues impacting the monastic communities. The volume concludes with the
requisite indices and images of the ostraca and papyri.
September 2009, $69.95
ASP 47, In Pursuit of Invisibility: Ritual Texts from Late Roman Egypt, by
A close examination of invisibility in the context of the Graeco-Roman
world, from the role invisibility enjoys as a literary motif to the ritual spells
whose logos and praxis in magic papyri promise the individual that he will
move about unseen by others. Following the six chapters investigating invis