ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 195-198 A.J.B. Sirks and K.A. Worp (eds.) with the assistance of R.S. Bagnall and R.P. Salomons, Papyri in Memory ofRP.J. Sijpesteijn (P.Sijp.). American Studies in Papyrology 40. American Society of Papyrologists, 2007. xlii + 445 pages + 74 plates. ISBN 978-0-9700591-0-9. For more than 35 years, from the early 1960s until his sudden death in May 1996, Pieter Johannes Sijpesteijn was one of the world's most distinguished papyrologists and definitely the most productive among them. His vast list of publications comprising 658 titles and printed at the beginning of the volume under review (pp. xv-xlii) illustrates the importance of his contribution to the papyrological research of our era. Sixty-nine eminent scholars from fifteen countries contributed to this volume in his memory, producing an excellent edition of papyri, ostraca, and parchments from Graeco-Roman Egypt. The volume contains 61 numbers; however, the texts published in it are more than 110, since many numbers include the edition of more than one piece. Almost all texts are in Greek. The texts in other languages include an official letter in Greek with a Latin dating formula (23), a Demotic letter on surety (9b), a Coptic ostracon with Psalm 5 (9a), and a Coptic private or business letter (9e). For 8b see below. In accordance with Sijpesteijn's research interests the edition in his memory presents texts from all areas of papyrology, while focusing on the documentary material from Roman and Byzantine Egypt. The volume begins with seven contributions from the field of literary and semi-literary papyri (1-7): Aristophanes, Acharnians 618ff., a vocabulary to Iliad 6.383-519, a re-edition of the Viennese fragments of the third book of the Odyssey, an ostracon with a hitherto unknown Christian text, a fragment of a commentary on tachygraphy, a medical recipe for eye diseases, and a fragment possibly containing a writing exercise. The publication of two parchments with portraits on them (8) is followed by a large section of non-literary texts (9-61). Almost every text type is represented here: accounts, agreements and contracts, bank orders, complaints and petitions to officials, donationes mortis causa and testaments, an estimate for capitation tax of a village, exchanges of animals, extracts from the programmata of the strategos, itineraries, lists (such as dekania lists, lists of vouchers, of kitchen utensils, of garments, of money payments, of tax payments [?], of workmen, of taxpayers, etc.), instructions regarding agriculture, nominations to liturgies, oaths, offers to lease, official correspondence, orders to discharge prisoners, orders of payment, receipts (money tax and granary receipts, receipts for rent, etc.), different kinds of registers (such as census registers and registers of sequestrated property), releases of claims, repayments of loans,
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