Jean-Luc Fournet (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
(From the project home page, translated. Accessed 6 June 2017)
Les archives de Dioscore d'Aphrodité en images: la banque des images des papyrus de l'Aphrodité byzantine (BIPAb) is the first "horizontal" database of images of papyri: its object is a coherent set of papyri dispersed among several collections. It aims to collect all the images of the papyri of the "Dioscoros archive". This is a bilingual archive of Greek and Coptic papyri (ca. 650), dating back to the sixth century; they were found in the village of Aphrodito and are related to the landlord and notary Dioscoros.
The creation of the BIPAb stems from these issues: the papyri of the Dioscoros archive were dispersed across different collections soon after their discovery, which was made, in great part, clandestinely; most of these texts have been published without images; the great amount of papyri makes the dossier difficult to deal with, without the aid of an electronic support. The BIPAb therefore collects images of all the published and most of the unpublished texts of the Dioscoros archive, in order to help papyrologists reedit the documents that need a new edition according to modern standards, and to work on the unpublished ones.
Dioskoros, in Trismegistos Archives, KU Leuven, available from trismegistos.org/arch/detail.php?tm=72.
P. van Minnen, The Future of Papyrology, in R.S. Bagnall (ed.), The Oxford handbook of papyrology, Oxford 2011, pp. 644-660, in part. p. 655.
K. Vandorpe, Archives and Dossiers, in R.S. Bagnall (ed.), The Oxford handbook of papyrology, Oxford 2011, pp. 216-255, in part. pp. 241-242.