The Graeco-Roman Memoirs (GRM) are mostly concerned with the publication of the Greek papyri found by Grenfell and Hunt at Oxyrhynchus, but also cover other papyri and Graeco-Roman material held by the Society.

You can find further information on the Society’s collection here.

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Current volumes:

Graeco-Roman Memoir 104 (Oxyrhynchus Papyri LXXXIII)

Edited with translations and notes by P. J. Parosns and N. Gonis

Hardcover, 230 pages, 16 b/w plates, 6 colour plates

Volume LXXXIII continues our publication of biblical texts, including what is only the second Egyptian witness to the Epistle of Philemon as well as further early witnesses to the text of Mark and Luke (late second to early third century AD), and an amateur copy of excerpts from Ezekiel's Exagoge. Other sections offer new fragments from two popular genres: trials from the Acta Alexandrinorum, notably the trial of the former Prefect Titianus before Hadrian (an event sensational enough to reach the Historia Augusta); and adventures from the Greek Novel, including the Crimean narrative of Calligone and the Amazons. There is also a glimpse of the anonymous copyists to whom we owe our texts, practising various graphic styles.

Other documents contribute a mass of detail to the social and economic history of Roman and Byzantine Egypt, such as an official letter about the tax-grain destined to supply Rome; a tax-receipt that attests a Jewish community at Oxyrhynchus in the late fourth century; and, quite an extraordinary object, part of a ceremonial shield painted with a laurel wreath and a Latin inscription that celebrates the twentieth anniversary of some fourth-century emperor.

The final section of the volume contains art: a fine pen-and-ink drawing of a rampant goat, and seven sketches on a single sheet, including a cockerel and a peacock, a wild boar, and a unicorn. As the Artemidorus papyrus has renewed discussion of drawing as an art in the Greek world, with some finding its own spread of drawings so striking as to suggest forgery, the new examples from Oxyrhynchus now demonstrate comparable technique and similar subject-matter in papyri of undoubted authenticity.

All our titles are now available from I.B. Tauris and, for North American customer, from ISD.

Graeco-Roman Memoirs / Supplemental Vol. 1: The Undertakers of the Great Oasis (P. Nekr.)

Edited by Roger S. Bagnall

Hardcover, 148 pages, 14 b/w plates

The volume presents a group of papyri, discovered in the 1890s and partially published by Grenfell and Hunt in 1897 (P. Grenf. II). They come from the Khargha Oasis and date to the period 237 to 314. Many of them relate to a family of 'nekrotaphoi' - 'undertakers', an activity which also included responsibility for the mummification process (rather than just grave-digging). The texts contain petitions, letters and private legal instruments (such as loans, mandates, deeds of gift or sales).

All our titles are now available from I.B. Tauris and, for North American customer, from ISD.

Editorial Committee

The EES appoints a Management Committee to oversee the Papyri collection and its publication. The current chairman of the committee is Professor D W Rathbone, King's College London. The basic work of organising the publication of the papyri is undertaken by a group of General Editors, at present Professor P J Parsons (Oxford), Professor N Gonis (University College London) and Dr A Benaïssa (Oxford). They are appointed by the Management Committee and are jointly responsible to it for the assignment of papyri and the preparation of texts for publication in the annual volume of The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, a part of the Society's Graeco-Roman Memoirs series. They draw on the regular assistance of the Advisory Editors, currently Professors A K Bowman, G B D’Alessio and J D Thomas, and also contributions by many other papyrologists in the UK and abroad.