In June 2009, the British Academy hosted a workshop to discuss some of the exciting new
texts pieced together by the Oxyrhynchus Papyri project – followed in the evening by a public presentation. Professor Peter Parsons FBA describes how these fragmentary documents give a unique insight into Greco-Roman civilisation.
Vivian Nutton is Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine at University College London, and a Fellow of the British Academy. An event on ‘New light on ancient medicine’ was held on 17 May 2011.
The long-term enterprise to decipher, reconstruct and publish the papyri found at Oxyrhynchus represents a collaboration between the British Academy, which adopted it as a Major Research Project in 1966, the Egypt Exploration Society, which funds the publication, the AHRB, which has given the project a five-year grant, the host institutions (Oxford University and University College London), and the numerous individual scholars and students who contribute to the research. Here Professor Peter Parsons FBA, Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford, and Chairman of the Project, describes the unique finds arising from the rubbish dumps of Oxyrhynchus.