[Last Updated 1 June 2011]
Editors: Joshua D. Sosin, Roger
James Cowey, Mark Depauw,
Terry G. Wilfong, and Klaas A. Worp
Founding Editors: John F. Oates and William H. Willis
The primary purpose of the Checklist of Greek, Latin, Demotic and Coptic Papyri, Ostraca and Tablets is to provide for scholars and librarians a ready bibliography of all monographic volumes, both current and out-of-print, of Greek, Latin, Demotic and Coptic documentary texts on papyrus, parchment, ostraca or wood tablets. Texts published in periodicals as journal articles are mainly excluded, but with a number of exceptions based on the extent of the edition or the presence of full indexes. Greek texts published separately are regularly republished (but without translation or commentary) in successive volumes of Sammelbuch griechischer Urkunden aus Ägypten (SB), the volumes of which are included here. A separate Sammelbuch has now begun the republication of Coptic texts (SB Kopt.). Many volumes containing documentary texts publish literary and subliterary texts as well, and such volumes are of course included, together with volumes of the same series that are exclusively literary. No systematic attempt to include all exclusively literary and subliterary volumes has been made. Supplementary material–Corpora, Instrumenta, Series, etc.–has been added as seemed appropriate. We are aware that we have not achieved complete internal consistency in many matters; where we were in doubt, we have chosen to follow what appeared to us the most useful path rather than to aim at absolute standardization.
The Demotic material included in this edition of the Checklist has called for fuller treatment, and we have included more information about reprints and reeditions than is the case for texts in the other languages. Our treatment of the Demotic material owes a good deal to the work of S.P. Vleeming and A.A. den Brinker in their Checklist of Demotic Text Editions and Reeditions (ChecklistDem.) (Leiden 1993).
A second objective of the original Checklist was to establish a standard list of abbreviations for editions of Greek texts. Now that this objective has been largely achieved, it is our hope that this expanded version will provide the same service for the Coptic and Demotic material. We particularly advise the use of P. and O. to signify works with texts on papyrus and ostraca. We have tried to keep as closely as possible to traditional usage in the abbreviations we have proposed.
The fifth printed edition of the Checklist was closed on 15 March 2001. The fourth edition of the Checklist (Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists Supplement 7, 1992) was revised and corrected as of 20 March 1992. Preceding it in printed form were the third edition, closed in November 1984 (BASP Supplement 4, 1985); the second edition, closed on 30 June 1978 (BASP Supplement 1, 1978); and the first edition, published as BASP 11 no. 1 (1974). For an account of the origin and development of the Checklist, the reader is referred to the succession of Prefaces printed in the Third Edition, pp. vii-xiii. An electronic version of the Checklist, complete to June 30, 1996, can be found on Packard Humanities Institute CDROM no. 7.
This World Wide Web version of the Checklist is continually updated; cite as:
The Checklist also serves as the canon for the Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri. The abbreviations found in the citations of the DDBDP are in general those established in the Checklist.
Papyrological journal titles are listed in Section VI along with the abbreviations we used in referring to them. Other journal titles, when not given in full, are abbreviated according to the list of the American Journal of Archaeology, which can be found in current form at <www.ajaonline.org/index.php?ptype=page&pid=8 >.