2023-2024 / LCLA0062-1

Documentary papyrology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in history (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in ancient languages and literatures : classics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in ancient languages and literatures : classics (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Gabriel Nocchi Macedo

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The theoretical part covers the following subjects : the papyrus in antiquity, documentary papyrology, the history of papyrology, working tools, scripts on papyrus, the language of papyri, chronology and metrology, the typology of documents, and methods of publication.
The practical part is conducted in parallel with the theory : reading, and commenting Greek and Latin papyrus documents.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course aims at enabling anyone who has followed it to use a Greek or Latin papyrus document for the preparation of a paper, a lecture, a course, etc. It also aims to give a general idea of Egypt under Greek, Roman and Byzantine rule.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The knowledge of Greek and Latin is not required, but the student must be able to read Greek words (knowledge of Greek alphabet).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Each student prepares the commentary on a papyrus with his exam in mind. With this aim he carries out research in libraries and on Internet.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course.

Recommended or required readings

Course materials made available every week, in print and online on e-campus.
Recommended reading: R.S. Bagnall (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology, Oxford, 2011 (a few chapters)

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

June exams. The student gives a 20 minutes talk on a papyrological document.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

When? 30 hours, from February to May. Where? CEDOPAL, building A1, room 3/46.


Professor Gabriel NOCCHI MACEDO, director of the CEDOPAL, assistant professor CEDOPAL, Place du 20-Août 7, office No. 3/46, B-4000 Liège Phone : + 32 04 366 55 77  gn.macedo@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Online Notes
Notes available on ORBi.