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The Artemidorus Papyrus

A one-day conference at St John's College, Oxford,
on Friday, June 13th, 2008


Kai Brodersen  / Jas Elsner (eds.): Images and Texts on the "Artemidorus Papyrus". Working Papers on P. Artemid. (St John’s College Oxford, 2008) Historia – Einzelschriften vol. 214, Stuttgart: Steiner 2009. 171 pp, 70 figs., hardcover, € 50,00 / €(A) 51,50 / sFr 85,00, ISBN 978-3-515-09426-9


The so-called Papyrus of Artemidorus with its three parts - a text, a map, and images - is one of the most spectacular artefacts published in this decade.

The one-day conference at St John's College, Oxford, brought specialists on all aspects of the papyrus together. We were especially glad that colleagues from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the USA had agreed to participate. Papers and contributions were given by, among others, Gianfranco Adornato (Pisa/Italy), Margarethe Billerbeck (Fribourg/CH), Dirk Obbink (Oxford/UK), Peter Parsons (Oxford/UK), Nicholas Purcell (Oxford/UK), Richard Talbert (UNC Chapel Hill/USA) and Nigel Wilson (Oxford/UK).

The aim of the conference was to study the artefact, and its text, map, and images, as "gobbets" first (in a well-established Oxford tradition), thus contributing to a deeper understanding of what the papyrus presents, before discussing probabilities and authenticities.

Kai Brodersen (St. John's College, Oxford) - Jas Elsner (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)


The conference took place at St John's College, Oxford, OX1 3JP,
in the "New Seminar Room" (Canterbury Quadrangle). A data projector was available.

provides a handy map. St John's College is no. 36 on this. The porters will show you the way to the Canterbury Quadrangle in the College.

Both the train and the coach stations are clearly marked on the map (of Oxford, that is, not the 'Artemidorus' one!). Parking in central Oxford is a headache (the public parking spaces on St Giles only allow for a maximum stay of 2 hours - at £ 3), so if you come by car you might consider the Oxford Park and Ride.

Thank you for participating in the conference!

Programme for Friday, June 13th, 2008

  • from 11.30: tea
  • 12.00 -13.30 The Artefact (Dirk Obbink, Nigel Wilson, comments by Peter Parsons)
  • 13.30-14.30  Buffet lunch (finger food)
  • 14.30-15.30 The Text (Margarethe Billerbeck)
  • 15.30-16.30 The Map (Richard Talbert, comments by Nicholas Purcell)
  • 16.30-17.00 Tea outside the seminar room
  • 17.00-18.00 The images (Jas Elsner, comments by Gianfranco Adornato)         
  • to be followed by a general discussion c. 19.30-late afterwards supper at Kai's house in 22 St Giles, Oxford


  1. Gianfranco Adornato (Pisa)
  2. Susan Beresford (London)
  3. Margarethe Billerbeck (Fribourg)
  4. Olympia Bobou (Oxford)
  5. Ewen Bowie (Stanford/Oxford)
  6. Bruce Karl Braswell (Fribourg)
  7. Thomas Braun (Oxford)
  8. Riet van Bremen (London)
  9. Kai Brodersen (Erfurt/Oxford)
  10. Sanne Rishoj Christiansen (Oxford)
  11. Katherine Clarke (Oxford)
  12. Stephen Colvin (London)
  13. Giambattisto D'Alessio (London)
  14. Lucio Del Corso (Cassino/Oxford)
  15. Catherine Delano-Smith (Oxford)
  16. Jas Elsner (Oxford)
  17. Almut Fries (Oxford)
  18. Georg Gerleigner (Cambridge)
  19. Nikolaos Gonis (London)
  20. Leofranc Holford-Strevens (Oxford)
  21. Jean-Michel Hulls (Oxford)
  22. Laura Lulli (Roma/Oxford)
  23. Margaret Maehler (London)
  24. Myrto Malouta (Oxford)
  25. Laura Miguélez-Cavero (Salamanca/Oxford)
  26. Gideon Nisbet (Birmingham)
  27. Dirk Obbink (Oxford)
  28. Arietta Papaconstantinou (Oxford)
  29. Robert Parker (Oxford)
  30. Peter Parsons (Oxford)
  31. Maria Pretzler (Swansea)
  32. Nicholas Purcell (Oxford)
  33. Benet Salway (UCL)
  34. Emilie Savage-Smith (Oxford)
  35. Christos Simelidis (Oxford)
  36. Jesse Simon (Oxford)
  37. Roland Smith (Oxford)
  38. Mary Stefanou (Athens/Cambridge)
  39. Richard Talbert (UNC Chapel Hill)
  40. Martin West (Oxford)
  41. Nigel Wilson (Oxford)

Select Bibliography (as of June 2008)


  • C. Gallazzi, B. Kramer, Artemidor im Zeichensaal, «Archiv für Papyrusforschung» 44, 1998, pp.198-208.
  • B. Kramer-J. Kramer, Iberia, Hispania und das neue Artemidor-Fragment, in Hortus litterarum antiquarum. Festschrift für Hans Armin Gärtner zum 70. Geburtstag, hrsg. A. Haltenhoff, F.-H. Mutschler. Heidelberg, Universitätsverlag Winter, 2000, pp. 309-322.
  • K. Brodersen, Neue Entdeckungen zu antiken Karten, «Gymnasium» 108, 2001, pp. 137-148.
  • B. Kramer, The Earliest Known Map of Spain (?) and the Geography of Artemidorus of Ephesus on Papyrus, «Imago Mundi» 53, 2001, pp. 115-120.
  • P. Moret, À propos du papyrus d’Artémidore et de la ‘plus ancienne carte d’Espagne’, «Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez» 33.1, 2003, pp. 350-354.
  • K. Brodersen, Die Tabula Peutingeriana: Gehalt und Gestalt einer “alten Karte” und ihrer antiken Vorlage, in: D. Unverhau (ed.), Geschichtsdeutung auf alten Karten: Archäologie und Geschichte. (Wolfenbütteler Forschungen 101) Wiesbaden 2003, pp. 289-297.
  • R.C. Knapp, The New Artemidorus Fragment and the Cartography of Ancient Iberia, in Historia y mito. El pasado legendario como fuente de autoridad, ed. J.M. Candau Morón-F.J. Gonzáles Ponce, G. Cruz Andreotti. Málaga, Servicio de publicaciones, 2004.
  • B. Kramer, El nuevo papiro de Artemidoro, in New approaches to Celtic place-names in Ptolemy’s Geography, ed. J. de Hoz, E.R. Luján, P. Sims-Williams. Madrid, Ediciones Clásicas, 2005, pp. 19-31.
  • M. Donderer, Und es gab sie doch! Ein neuer Papyrus und das Zeugnis des Mosaiken belegen die Verwendung antiker "Musterbücher", «Antike Welt» 36, 2005, pp. 59-68.
  • S. Settis, C. Gallazzi (edd.), Le tre vite del Papiro di Artemidoro. Il papiro di Artemidoro. Voci e sguardi dall'Egitto greco-romano, Milano, Electa, 2006.
  • B. Kramer, La península ibérica en la Geografía de Artemidoro de Éfeso, in La invención de una geografía de la Península Ibérica, I: La época republicana, ed. G. Cruz Andreotti, P. Le Roux, P. Moret. Málaga-Madrid, Casa de Valázquez, 2006, pp. 97-114.
  • B. Kramer, J. Kramer, Topónimos e hidrónimos de Portugal y Galicia en una nueva fuente antigua: el papiro de Artemidoro, in D. Kremer (ed.), Onomástica Galega. Con especial consideración da situación prerromana. Actas do primeiro Coloquio de Trier (19 e 20 de maio de 2006), «Verba, anuario galego de filoloxía» 58, 2007, pp. 99-106.
  • F. Farinelli, Sulla tradizione romana dei segni cartografici, «Quaderni di Storia» 66, 2007, pp. 353-370.
  • L. Canfora, The True History of the So-called Artemidorus Papyrus, with an interim text, Bari, edizioni di Pagina, 2007.
  • Peter Parsons, 'Forging ahead: Has Simonides struck again?', Times Literary Supplement (22 February 2008), p.14.
  • L. Canfora, Il papiro di Artemidoro, con contributi di Luciano Bossina, Livia Capponi, Giuseppe Carlucci, Vanna Maraglino, Stefano Micunco, Rosa Otranto, Claudio Schiano e un saggio del nuovo papiro, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008.
  • L. Canfora, Wie kann das ein Artemidor-Papyrus sein? Ma come fa a essere un papiro di Artemidoro? Bari, edizioni di Pagina, 2008.
  • C. Gallazzi, B. Kramer, S. Settis, Il papiro di Artemidoro, con la collaborazione di G. Adornato, A.C. Cassio, A. Soldati, Milano, Led edizioni, 2008 (cf. publisher's site



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