Definition of papyrology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpapɪˈrɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The branch of study that deals with ancient papyri.
Example sentences
  • The aim of papyrology is the study of Greek and Latin papyri and ostraca; texts in the Egyptian language are left to the specialists within Egyptology.
  • This summer school, organized by the Austrian National Library, will provide an introduction to Coptic papyrology in within its larger context in the fields of Egyptology, Classics, Ancient History, Early Christianity, and Archaeology.



Pronunciation: /ˌpapɪrəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Moreover, with the recovery of new papyrological evidence, controversy has arisen about the extent to which Epicurus rejected Democritus’ attempt to account for all causal processes by the properties of the atoms and void alone.
  • Bagnall aims his work at historians who are not themselves papyrologists, but who have occasion to use papyrological texts in their work.


Example sentences
  • The very earliest papyrus fragment of any part of the New Testament contains a few verses from John 18; by analysing closely the writing, ink and layout, papyrologists date it at about AD 130.
  • The society has been remarkable for the range of participants attending its conferences, who range from Hebraist scholars, poets, prelates, translators, papyrologists to those who simply admire the Bible.
  • German papyrologist Carsten Thiede an expert in Greek palaeography, maintains the dating of three small fragments of the gospel of Matt.26 to 66 A.D.

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