Papyrology is a discipline concerned with the discovery, preservation, classification, and interpretation of papyri, documents written on a surface made from reeds, in use from the third millennium BCE up through the early Middle Ages.
Primary Source Materials
APIS: Advanced Papyrology Information System
APIS represents a consortium of six universities with papyrus collections: Columbia, Duke, Princeton, Berkeley, University of Michigan, and Yale. Users can look at the provenance and catalog descriptions for the items included, and also look at the metadata for each item. There are over 18,000 items included currently, and where images are available, there are many viewing options included, such as various details in addition to the whole piece.
These members of the consortium have individual pages as well:
The Oxyrhynchus Papyrus Project: a work-in-progress catalog and image collection of papyri from the Egyptian site of Oxyrhynchus. Approximately 1300 of an eventual 5000+ items are available for viewing.
The Carlsberg Papyri Collection
The Carlsberg Papyrus Collection -- at the Carlsberg Foundation for the Egyptological Institute (Carsten Niebuhr Institute of Near Eastern Studies, University of Copenhagen) -- contains more than 500 inventoried papyri and as-yet-uncataloged materials.
The site of the Institut de Papyrologie at the Sorbonne. Users will eventually be able to view Demotic, Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Arabic papyri, although currently (November 2002) only the Greek collection is available online.
Homer in the Papyri
A line-by-line account of all known papyrus fragments of the Iliad and Odyssey and their variant readings. Available at the Digital Humanities Center.
Christian Papyri Bibliography
Dr. Cornelia Römer of University College, London, has compiled this bibliography for new editions, updated texts and photos of Christian papyri, modelled on those collected in J. van Haelst's Catalogue des papyrus littiraires juifs et chritiens, Paris 1976. As of 1/03, the period covered is 1989-2002.
Papyrology Home Page
This page, compiled by John Muccigrosso, of Drew University's Classics Department, offers information and images as well as links to almost all online papyrus collections, including all of those listed on this page.
Bibliotheca Classica Selecta (BCS): Section Papyrologie
This reference page, compiled by faculty at the University of Louvain, provides links directing the user to manuals, lists of editions, and resources on various topics, such as dictionaries, onomastics, bibliographies, and specialized journals. There are also links to bibliographies on the historical significance of papyri, and to websites that offer further information or collections.