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Oxyrhynchus Papyri collection

Identifier: P.Oxy

Scope and Contents

18 documents, part of a collection distributed round multiple institutions globally.


  • Creation: 1st - 6th centuries

Biographical / Historical

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri are a group of manuscripts discovered during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by papyrologists Bernard Pyne Grenfell and Arthur Surridge Hunt at an ancient rubbish dump near Oxyrhynchus in Egypt.


2 boxes

Other Finding Aids

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri are described in the 15 volumes of The Oxyrhynchus papyri vol. I-XV, edited with translations and notes by Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt, published in 1898. The papyri are numbered from 1 to 1828. The references in the present catalogue match the original numbering: for example, "P.Oxy.1609" is papyrus 1609. The catalogues are available online [vol. I - external link].

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papyri were donated to the University by the Egypt Exploration Fund in 1914.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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