Papyrology is fascinating discipline for all people interested in ancient life and history. Many thousands of papyri, potsherds, wooden tablets and pieces of parchment and paper have survived with authentic ancient Greek texts on them in the dry sands of Egypt. They were written over a time span of more than a thousand years, from the time of Alexander the Great through the Ptolemaic, Roman and Byzantine periods until the Arabic invasion in the seventh century CE. These texts shed much light on ancient culture, literacy and linguistics, economic and administrative history, and social life. There are still large numbers of unpublished papyrus texts which await study and editing by both by papyrologists of today and in the future.

About Our Course of Studies

Trier University is one of the few places in the world which offers a Master’s in Papyrology in close contact to the related fields of ancient history, Egyptology, classical philology and legal history. In addition, the section also has its own collection of original papyri from Egypt which are studied in the papyrological classes, in addition to texts from other collections. The Master’s classes offer courses in decipherment, recognizing types of documents, editing and interpreting documentary and literary texts. Students from all over the world have the opportunity to study papyrology in conjunction with its related disciplines in Trier.

About Our Research

Prof. Dr. Fabian Reiter has been the chair of papyrology since October 2014. His research is focused on editing documentary and literary papyri, and the social and economic history of Greco-Roman Egypt.

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