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This site is not the result of a single endeavor, but an amalgamation; it owes its existence not to one hand, but to many -- to scholars both at Berkeley and elsewhere; to Bancroft Library staff; to Berkeley graduate students in the Departments of Classics and Near Eastern Studies and the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology; and to Berkeley undergraduates participating in the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program.

The "Collection" portion of this web site was made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was created by Arthur Verhoogt, then a member of the Papyrological Institute of the University of Leiden, the Netherlands (and now a faculty member in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan). Dr. Verhoogt was on loan from 1997 to 2000 to the Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS) at The Bancroft Library, Berkeley. Also contributing to this portion of the site were Tony Bliss, Henrike Florusbosch, Nancy Harris, Dan Johnston, Brian Muhs, Merrilee Proffitt, Patrick Russell, and many others.

The CTP site itself came into existence in 2000, when the Center was recognized by the campus administration as an Organized Research Project (ORP). Donald Mastronarde created the previous version of this site with basic information about CTP.

In 2001, CTP Graduate Student Researcher William Short designed and constructed the digital exhibition Ancient Lives: The Tebtunis Papyri in Context based on the original exhibition mounted in the Bancroft Library Gallery in Fall 2000.

In 2002, all of these sites were consolidated and redesigned by Christina Obligar and Erica Nordmeier in collaboration with CTP Graduate Student Researcher Elisabeth O'Connell. Original website architecture, design, and construction, image optimization, and illustrative graphics by Christina Obligar and Erica Nordmeier. Original content and editing by Todd Hickey and Elisabeth O'Connell.

In 2011, James Smith, an independent contractor, reformatted the information in the site as XML and wrote coding in PHP and XSL to handle the display of the information according to current standards.

The information presented in this site is based upon:

The Tebtunis Papyri, Vol. I-IV (1902-1976).

C. Gallazzi, "Fouilles anciennes et nouvelles sur le site de Tebtynis", BIFAO 89, (1989) 179-91.

E.H. Kase Jr., Report on the Collection of Papyri in the University of California, (15 August 1940).

Brian Muhs, "Demotic Papyri from Tebtunis in the Bancroft Library", (1999).

and the following works by Arthur M.F.W. Verhoogt:

"The Tebtunis Papyri at The Bancroft Library", Bancroftiana 107, (June 1994) 4-7.

Menches, Komogrammateus of Kerkeosiris. The Doings and Dealings of a Village Scribe in the Late Ptolemaic Period (120-110 B.C.), Leiden: E.J. Brill (Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava 29, 1998).

"Papyri on the internet", Bancroftiana 112, (1998) 6.


This website is viewed optimally in version 4 browsers and later. The website has been tested and approved for Priority 1 accessibility with Bobby WorldWide software. The website is coded according to the W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional DTD.

The font used in all illustrative graphics is Garamond. The text font sets are Times New Roman.

All images were created from TIFF files made during the digitization of the original materials. Derivative Image files were re-sized and optimized for the web using Adobe Photoshop 6.