September 24: The Petra Papyri: A city’s diary from the 6th century CE


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    ACOR presents:

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    Tuesday, September 24

    6 pm at ACOR

    Reception to follow

    About the Lecture:

    In 1993, an archive of Greek papyri was uncovered in the Byzantine Church in Petra. The approximately 140 texts belong to a private archive dated to the 6th century CE. The papyri contribute significantly to our knowledge about Petra and its inhabitants at that period, only a few decades before the emergence of Islam. The lecture will pay special attention to the information the papyri provide about the daily life in Petra and languages spoken and written there.

    About the Lecturer:

    Omar al-Ghul is an epigraphist, with special interest in Northwest Semitic inscriptions, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the history of Arabic. He is a faculty member at the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University.

    Additional Links:

    To learn more about the Petra Papyri, please visit:

    Frösén, Jaakko; Antti Arjava, and Barbara Porter. 2018. “ACOR Public Lecture and Book Launch: The Petra Papyri V”

    For the first time in ACOR’s history of public lectures, this public lecture will be delivered in Arabic with simultaneous translation.

    Links to articles written about the Petra Papyri and event updates may be found at the official Facebook event page.