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Herculanean Papyri

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Herculanean Papyri, dating before A.D. 79, and facsimiles, A.D. 1889:
  1. Burnt roll no. 118, unrolled in 1883-1884;
  2. Burnt roll no. 149 (unopened);
  3. Burnt roll no. 161 (unopened);
  4. Burnt roll no. 172 (unopened);
  5. Facsimiles of Herculanean Greek rolls nos. 19, 26, 57, 89, 118, 152, 154-155, 163, 168, 176, 182, 188, 200, 207-208, 300, 307, 310, 327, 339, 353, 362, 391, 697-698, 831, 862, 908, 989, 994, 1003-1008, 1012-1015, 1020-1021, 1024-1027, 1042, 1044, 1050, 1056, 1061, 1065, 1077, 1148-1151, 1158, 1232, 1289, 1380, 1383, 1385, 1389, 1398, 1414, 1418, 1423-1429, 1479, 1485, 1497, 1506, 1538, 1669, 1670, 1672, 1674-1676;
  6. Facsimiles of Herculanean Latin rolls nos. 78, 153, 215, 218, 394-395, 817, 1057, 1463;
  7. Facsimiles of fragments of rolls nos. 220-221, 230, 235, 237-239, 244, 253, 255, 397, 399, 413, 435, 455, 459, 1082-1083, 1106, 1116, 1419;
  8. The rev. John Hayter's text or nos. 154, 182, 336, 817, 1042, 1050, 1056, 1065, 1148-1150, 1424, 1429, 1479;
  9. Greek Papyri nos. 182, 1042, 1056, 1065, 1148-1149, 1424, 1428, 1479, edited and prepared for the press;
  10. Letters and papers relating to the transference of the facsimiles to the University and to the rev. John Hayter's literary mission.
The whole of the facsimiles, which are now in many cases far superior to the originals, have been either engraved, photographed or otherwise reproduced, as is shown by an elaborate list of them printed in 1889, a copy of which is pasted in each volume.

Dates

  • 1st and 19th century

Extent

1.36 linear metres (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Latin
  • Italian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Gr. class. b. 1 (P)/1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Gr. class. b. 1 (P)/1-12, f. 25-27 (P), c. 1-10

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20606

Abstract

Herculanean Papyri, dating before A.D. 79, and facsimiles, 19th century.

Biographical / Historical

John Hayter (1755–1818) was a Church of England clergyman and palaeographer.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 28047-28060.

Our best descriptions for pre-1500 items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Gr. class. (Greek classical)..

Custodial History

One of the rolls was unrolled at Naples in 1883-1884.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Partly presented to the Library in March, 1810, by the Prince of Wales (afterwards George iv) and received at Oxford in March, 1811.

The tenth volume was no doubt added to the rest soon after 1811.
Title
Herculanean Papyri
Status
Published
Author
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
Date
EAD version 2020
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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