Sappho Papyrus on Display

I happen to be in New York this week; and I plan to get to the Morgan library to see a fabulous display of items on loan from the Bodleian Library of Oxford; including an 1800-year-old fragmentary papyrus of  Sappho’s hymn to Aphrodite. If you want to study the poem before going to the exhibit, Sean Palmer has compiled a very helpful page of the Complete Poems of Sappho that have survived, with Greek Text and English translation.


More New Papyri

Eighteen-hundred-year-old papyri discovered–of all places–in a late professor’s files.  Actually, this kind of things happen fairly often.  There have been many important discoveries in libraries and archives.

Luther College

One document is a libellus, issued under the persecutions of Decius.  A libellus was a document proving that the owner had sacrificed to the gods of Rome, and thus was not a Christian eligible for torture.