Sunday 3 January 2021

And Maybe they'll Manage to Finish Operation Missing Papyri in 2021?


Some papyri went missing from a collection in Oxford University. It turned out that some of them had been sold to the  Museum of the Bible, who had paperwork apparently documenting the transaction. A suspect, an academic employed by the University, has been questioned. Some of the papyri known to be missing never turned up. It seems that there's such an embarrassing mess in the University's documentation of the collection that it's not known whether other papyri went missing that we don't know about. Details have emerged about the same suspect's business connections in connection with a scroll containing bits of Sappho. It's all very complicated, one can appreciate that, but perhaps the case(s) can come to court this year? Or is the University stalling? 


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