ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 9-10 Traianos Gagos (1960-2010) Peter van Minnen University of Cincinnati Traianos Gagos, Editor-in-Chief of BASP from 2000 to 2005, unexpectedly died earlier this year. Papyrologists everywhere, especially in North America, expected to be able to enjoy his contributions to papyrology and his company for decades to come. It was not to be. Traianos was attracted to papyrology by the teaching of Professor Manolis Papathomopoulos. To finish his education, he went to study with Professor David Thomas in Durham, England. His 1987 dissertation, of which Traianos was always very proud, was a hefty tome editing fourteen documentary papyri from Oxyrhynchus (a much abbreviated version appears in POxy. 61). He was immediately hired to work on the Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri in Ann Arbor. Traianos did this for a couple of years after which he was hired by the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. I took over the work on the DDBDP in Ann Arbor in 1990 and quickly became Traianos's best friend. In 1991 he was appointed also in the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan, which brought him to the Papyrology Rooms ("807" Hatcher Graduate Library for insiders) on a daily basis. For almost a year the two of us enjoyed a productive and in any case most exhilarating working partnership. It was a time of great discoveries and great plans. We worked up three Byzantine documents from Alabastrine and published them in one of the early volumes of the Journal of Roman Archaeology (5, 1992, 186-202). We also stumbled upon a two-meter long papyrus that had been curiously overlooked (published in 1994 as PMich.Aphrod. in a specially created series by the University of Michigan Press, which had not published anything like it since 1960). Our discussions about these texts rang through the otherwise subdued halls on the eighth floor of "Hatcher." In 1991, even before Professor Orsamus Pearl died, Traianos started sifting through the many boxes of unpublished papyri registered under Pearl's name in "807." They turned out to contain hundreds and hundreds of documentary papyri from Karanis. While going through the folders, Traianos noticed complex numbers written on their front. When he showed me these, I recognized them as excavation labels - I had collaborated on an exhibition catalogue including materials from the University of Michigan excavations at Karanis
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