29828 - Telemaco Laboratory (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is able to organize e collect in a coherent manner complex information, to applicate methods of critical analysis, conservation and valorization of the historical memory.

She or he is able to recognize a historically relevant research problem and to use the sources of information in an appropriate manner in order to resolve it.

Course contents

The seminar imparts fundamental methods and knowledge as to draft an edition of greek texts on papyrus and other materials.

Inedited papyri of different genre, text type and historical period will be deciphered, transcribed and contextualized; a selection of published papyrus texts offering textual problems or potentially belonging to other fragments will be subject of new revisions.

A special focus will lie on the study of the papyrological collection of the BUB. The students will have the opportunity to participate in the preparation of an exhibition of Bologna papyri in the BUB.


H. C. Youtie, The Papyrologist: Artificer of Fact, GRBS 4, 1963, 19–32 = Scriptiunculae I, Amsterdam 1973, pp. 9–23.

Students who are not able to attend the lessons have to reach an agreement with the professor about an alternative program, and have to prepare besides the mentioned literature E. G. Turner, The Papyrologist at Work, Durham, N.C. 1973 and R. S. Bagnall (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2009, pp. 3–58; 216–255; 358–394.

Bibliographical material and photos will be uploaded in IOL by the professor.

Teaching methods

Seminarial lessons which provide exercises, practical activities, research in the library and computer work.

Assessment methods

Evaluation of an individual work which will be presented during the seminar: Every student will be assigned a papyrus as study object under different point of views (philological, linguistic, historical, etc.), according to the research interests of every student.

The oral exposition as well as the written compilation will be evaluated in regard to the independence of the work, its methodological rigor, the mastery of the contents and the state of the art and the ability to express oneself precisely and clearly.

Teaching tools

Online databases, digital images and bibliographical instruments, autoptic examination of original papyri.

Office hours

See the website of Fabian Lothar Walter Reiter


Quality education

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.