Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions at Oxford
Ptolemaic Inscriptions The Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions (CPI) consists of more than 550 Ptolemaic epigraphic monuments. Of these, Peter Fraser's collection of 346 Ptolemaic inscriptions from Egypt, accompanied by a rich photographic archive of monuments and sites, constitutes the core. A further 215 inscriptions have been collected by the CPI research team, which, when added to Fraser's archive, provide us with as complete a picture of Ptolemaic epigraphy as has up to now been possible.
The Corpus contains a range of epigraphic evidence, both Greek and Greek-Egyptian, bilingual and trilingual texts, inscribed on a wide variety of materials such as architecture, statuary, stelae and other types of stone monument and reflects almost every aspect of public and private life: civic, royal and priestly decrees, letters and petitions, as well as royal and private dedications to kings and deities and pilgrimage notices, hymns and funerary epigrams. Topographically, the Corpus covers the entire Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, from Alexandria and the Egyptian Delta, through Fayoum, along the Nile Valley, to Philae Island, Edfou, Kalabsha, and other areas of Upper Egypt.
Editions of inscriptions in the Corpus will be encoded and marked up in xml using EpiDoc electronic editorial conventions, following the pattern provided by the MAMA XI project, for publication both online and as a printed volume.
At this stage, the CPI database contains exclusively inscriptions from Egypt itself. However, epigraphic evidence relating to the wider Ptolemaic empire overseas forms a substantial but distinct part of the Fraser archive of Ptolemaic inscriptions. It is hoped that this material will be the subject of a second project in the future.