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The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection, which comprises the papyrus texts excavated by Grenfell and Hunt at Oxyrhynchus and other sites in Egypt and related materials, belongs mainly to the Egypt Exploration Society (apart from some personal items of Grenfell and Hunt), and is housed by Oxford University in its Sackler Library.

The EES appoints a Management Committee to oversee the 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 Dr N. Gonis, Dr D. Obbink and Professor P. J. Parsons. 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. 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.

There is no single project or Director. The editing and publication of the papyri is a Major Research Project of the British Academy which provides some financial support. The physical publication is funded by the EES members who subscribe to the Graeco-Roman Memoirs. The preparation of texts for publication is funded mostly by a five-year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which includes the employment of two Research Associates. For the current quinquennium (September 2010 to August 2015) the grant-holder and Principal Investigator is Dr N. Gonis, University College London. The current Research Associates are Dr Daniela Colomo and Dr Ben Henry.

The collection website, POxy: Oxyrhynchus Online, provides digital images of most of the published papyri (except those which were distributed): http://www.papyrology.ox.ac.uk/POxy. These images are created by another project, ‘Imaging Papyri in Oxford’, directed by Dr Obbink. Requests to reproduce the images require the approval both of the Imaging Papyri project and of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Management Committee.

Dr Daniela Colomo is responsible for the curatorial work and daily running of the collection. Requests to visit the collection, queries about published papyri and requests to reproduce images of them should be addressed to her in the first instance, at: daniela.colomo@classics.ox.ac.uk.

EES Oxyrhynchus Papyri Assignment Policy

In line with other major papyrological collections, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Management Committee (OPMC) of the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) is introducing a 5-year limit on assignments of texts for publication, after which the assignment of a text will lapse. Lapsed assignments can only be renewed, if the circumstances justify it, by application to the OPMC. The 5-year period for each text will begin from the first 1 January after the date of assignment. All assignments made before 2015, if the scholars wish them to continue, will be deemed to have re-started on 1 January 2015. Assignments may not be transferred to other scholars without the express permission of the OPMC.

Scholars experienced in publishing papyri are welcome to apply to the OPMC, normally through a General Editor, to publish texts relating to their research interests. Students being trained on degree programmes or workshops at Oxford, London and elsewhere, for which texts have been allocated by the OPMC, may also be invited by a General Editor (normally their supervisor) to publish a text.

The policy of the OPMC is that all texts from Grenfell and Hunt’s Oxyrhynchus excavations on behalf of the EES must be published first by the EES in an Oxyrhynchus Papyri volume.

February 2015


Unless otherwise stated, all digital images of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri are © the Imaging Papyri Project, University of Oxford. The papyri themselves are owned by the Egypt Exploration Society, London. Images of them may be used for teaching and research purposes, but should not be published without the prior consent of the Imaging Papyri Project and the Egypt Exploration Society. Other digital images are © the Imaging Papyri Project, University of Oxford. If you are aware of any inadvertent misattribution or copyright infringement on our part, please tell us without delay.

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