Short Introduction

Trismegistos Collections is a systematic survey of all collections where texts in TM are preserved. It currently counts 3750 collections in over 50 countries. For most, basic identification and the coordinates are provided; for others, often detailed information about inventarisation and history has been collected for the now obsolete Leuven Homepage of Papyrus Collections [LHPC].


A database of collections of papyrological and epigraphic texts by the Leuven Homepage of Papyrus Collections and the project Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Graeco-Roman Egypt.
General coordination: M. Depauw (TM), W. Clarysse (LHPC)
Database structure (Filemaker 7-15): B. Van Beek, M. Depauw
Online version (PHP & MySQL): M. Depauw, J. Clarysse, B. Van Beek
Online version (web design): Y. Broux
Data processing (LHPC): W. Clarysse
Data processing (Trismegistos): C. Arlt, S. Bronischewski, M. Depauw, B. Derichs, S. Eslah, A. Georgila, T. Gheldof, S. Gülden, H. Knuf, M. Kromer, J. Moje, F. Naether, H. Verreth


It is hard to provide estimates for the coverage of Trismegistos Texts, as we need to add large groups such as Greek inscriptions or Punic. For some approximative figures, see here. This is not the only way in which our information is incomplete, however. For some types such as Latin inscriptions, we currently only have information about their whereabouts for few texts. By pressing the 'Calculate coverage' button, an approximate percentage is provided.

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At the basis of this database providing information about collections of papyrological and epigraphic texts spread all over the world lies a collaboration between the Leuven Homepage of Papyrus Collections (LHPC; Willy Clarysse / K. Vandorpe) and the project Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Graeco-Roman Egypt (Cologne, Mark Depauw).

Starting point of the original LHPC was the section "Repertorio dei luoghi nei quali esistono collezioni di testi e documenti papiracei" compiled by S. Daris in the handbook of O.Montevecchi, La Papirologia (Milan 1988), pp. 437-470, 610-613. In order to make the collections better accessible to scholars, details about the addresses and contact persons of the institutions were added to this compilation, and in March 2000, during a colloquium in the Royal Academy in Brussels, twenty-five collections were presented by papyrologists closely involved in the task of keeping the manuscripts. Attention was paid to how the papyri are kept, inventoried, digitalised and put on line. The proceedings of this meeting, printed as Papyrus Collections World Wide, were also included and reworked in the online version.

The original website provided information on collections of papyrus and ostraca scattered in almost 30 countries and 350 institutions. In early 2005 the project Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Graeco-Roman Egypt and the LHPC decided to develop a tool permitting an interdisciplinary approach to the collections holding the documents included in the new platform Trismegistos. The database structure was slightly adapted to accommodate inventory numbers, and new collections were added for the documents in Demotic and other languages, but also for epigraphic texts, which had not been included up to then.