Graeco-Roman Memoirs

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.

Current volume

Graeco-Roman Memoir 108 (Oxyrhynchus Papyri LXXXVII)
edited by P.J. Parsons and N. Gonis

Table of contents

Table of Papyri
List of Plates
Numbers and Plates
Note on the Method of Publication and Abbreviations
I. Theological Texts (5573–7)
II. New Literary Texts (5578–85)
III. Extant Literary Texts (5586–90)
IV. Documentary Texts (5591–5631)


This volume includes editions of fifty-eight papyri and one text on parchment. Among the theological texts, three are of exceptional interest. 5575 is an early copy of sayings of Jesus corresponding in part to the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke and in part to the apocryphal gospel of Thomas. Jesus is also the speaker in 5576 and apparently in 5577, where Mary is addressed. Both pieces may be loosely called 'Gnostic'; the latter appears to be Valentinian. Of the new literary items, the most extensive is 5584, a collection of short biographies of eminent Romans, written a century earlier than Plutarch. Plutarch's own Homeric Studies, now mostly lost, may be recognized in 5585. Early Greek philosophy is represented by 5583, a full column of what appears to be Antiphon's On Truth. The extant literary texts are fragments of two papyrological rarities, the historical work of Aristodemus (5586–7) and the astrological poetry ascribed to Manetho (5588–90). The documentary section illustrates social and economic realities of late antique estates, mostly that of the Apions; there is new evidence on the handling of wine distributions, on the pricing of equipment and materials, and on the more mundane relations of the Apion estate to monasteries.

Additional information

Price: £85
Pages: 186
Dimensions: 254 x 190 mm (portrait)
Illustrations: 1 black and white photo and 12 black and white plates

Editorial Committee

The EES appoints a Management Committee to oversee the Papyri collection and its publication. The current chairman of the committee is Professor Dominic 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 Nikolaos Gonis (University College London) and Dr Amin Benaïssa (University of 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 Professor Giambattista D’Alessio (Naples 'Federico II'), Dr Lucia Prauscello (University of Oxford), and Dr Benjamin Henry (University of Oxford), and also contributions by many other papyrologists in the UK and abroad.