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PAThs (Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths. An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. Literary Texts in Their Original Context. Production, Copying, Usage, Dissemination and Storage) is a research project funded by the European Research Project (Advanced Grant 2015, no. 687567).

Its object of study is the corpus of Coptic literary writings between the 3rd and the 13th centuries. Its main scientific goas is to study -- and to create an atlas of -- the Coptic literary production.

From the project website (accessed 2020-10-06):

[The project] takes an original and pluridisciplinary approach, combining philology, codicology, palaeography, archaeology, archaeometry, and digital humanities, in order to explore the process of production, copying, usage, dissemination, and storage of Coptic works in relation to the concrete geographical contexts of origin of both the texts themselves and their related writing supports.

The main scientific outcome of the project is the Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. The Atlas database is modelled around seven types of entities:

  • Places
  • Manuscripts
  • Works
  • Authors
  • Titles
  • Colophons
  • Collections.

The Atlas includes:

  • A complete classification of Coptic manuscripts: each codicological unit is described and given a stable identifier
  • A complete classification of Coptic literature: each work and title is identified with a Clavis Coptica (CC) entry and each colophon is given a stable identifier
  • A census of places in which manuscripts and collections have been found
  • A census, edition, and translation of Coptic titles and colophons
  • A classification of relevant codicological features of the manuscripts.