Short Introduction

Trismegistos Editors is a database of currently 22403 scholars active in the world of editing texts, primarily papyrological but also, although less exhaustively, epigraphical. Other areas, such as the edition of authors, are only tangentially covered. Much of the information about editors is presented through networks. For more information about this, check out our Trismegistos Networks page.


Currently 22403 (modern) editors and authors, responsible for 1380227 Trismegistos text editions (1589-), including descriptions for unpublished texts; for 47117 Bibliographie Papyrologique entries (1932-2012); and for 5394 entries in the Demotistische Literatur├╝bersicht (1822-).

Despite these figures, Trismegistos Editors is clearly still work in progress. Some 70,000 editions (mostly epigraphic) still lack an editor; for almost 52,000 editions we have not yet resolved the pragmatic 'e.a.' (= et alii); the information about (book) editors of the BP and DL bibliographies has not yet been converted; the BP entries are based on the work done in the Papyrological Navigator in 2012, so more recent entries are NOT included.

As to the editors themselves, there are still doubles in the editor list; the information about the editors is still limited in many cases. Information about date of birth and - where applicable - of death is often missing, the latter being especially useful to determine posthumous publications. Nationality and university affiliation is also absent in most cases, which e.g. makes studies about international cooperation currently impossible. Also, we would still like to add many more links to VIAF (Virtual International Authority File). You can send us an email with additions or corrections for your own personal data. Should you want to help us with any of this in a more systematic way, please do contact us. We will be eternally grateful.

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In January 2015 a PAPYLIST post enquired about a way to look for papyri edited after 1980. This gave us the idea to standardise the Trismegistos information about editors of ancient texts, and afterwards also about the authors in bibliographies such as the Bibliographie Papyrologique and the Demotistische Literatur├╝bersicht. With the help of the papyrological community, missing data were added.

Mark Depauw and Yanne Broux have published an article on the genesis of the TM Editors database, analysing also editorial practice for Greek (& Latin) papyrological texts (Depauw / Broux, ZPE 198 (2016), pp. 202-210). A similar study into editions and publications in the field of Demotic studies is in preparation. Eventually we would like to compare papyrology with epigraphy. But for that last investigation our dataset needs to be complete, which can only be achieved through cooperation, of course.


General coordination: M. Depauw
Database structure (Filemaker 7-15): M. Depauw
Online version (PHP & MySQL): M. Depauw
Online version (web design): Y. Broux
Data processing: The Trismegistos team and the papyrological and epigraphic community.