Jesus, slavery, and ancient Papyrus texts

Published 28 June 2013

P.Köln.Inv.6211The University of New England’s second Aspects of Antiquity lecture for 2013 will be given by a visitor from the University of Salzburg in Austria who is making his first visit to Australia.  Associate-Professor Peter Arzt-Grabner will speak on the topic, ‘What do the papyri from Egypt tell us about the life of Jesus of Nazareth?’.

Professor Arzt-Grabner has studied both Theology and Papyrology at the University of Salzburg and in Rome. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Classics at Baylor University in Texas. He has published both books and articles which straddle his two main interests.

The Lecture will be held on Thursday 18 July, at the regular time of 5.30 pm.  Those attending should note that the venue for this lecture has changed. For the remainder of the year Earle Page College is not able to host the Aspects of Antiquity lectures; so they will be held in the Arts Building at the University, in Lecture Theatre A2, quite close to the Museum of Antiquities.  As always, the lecture and seminar are free and open to all to attend.

On Friday morning July 19 Professor Arzt-Grabner will again draw on his training in papyrology and Classical Studies to present a seminar in the School of Humanities regular weekly research program, starting at 9.30 and held in the Arts building Lecture Theatre A3 (one floor immediately below the venue for the Thursday lecture).

 is topic concerns slavery in antiquity, and is entitled: ‘ “Neither a truant nor a fugitive”: the sale of slaves in Roman Egypt and other provinces.’

Papyri, the ancient world’s equivalent of paper, survives mostly only where the climate is very dry, notably in Egypt. All sorts of information has survived about daily life especially from about the 4th century BC; and this material only began to be recovered in large numbers a little over a century ago. The result has been a revolutionising of our understanding of large and important aspects of the ancient Greek and especially Roman world.

For more information please phone GHR Horsley (Classics and Ancient History) on 6773 2390.

Photo caption:

P.Turner 22 (P.Köln Inv. 6211), slave sale contract, drawn up at Side in Pamphylia (modern Turkey) in 142 CE, concerning the sale of the ten-year-old slave girl Abascantis from Galatia to a slave dealer from Egypt. Reproduced with permission. © Papyrus Collection of the University of Cologne, Germany.