Inscriptions and Papyri


SBL Handbook of Style

Citing inscriptions and papyri can be confusing, since what G. H. R. Horsley and John A. L. Lee (1994) stated over twenty years ago is still true, namely, that, although some works have standard abbreviations, there is still a “great deal of inconsistency.” This post will clarify which abbreviations one should use and what format the citations should follow. We welcome readers to send supplements and corrections.

  1. Abbreviations for inscriptions should follow those given in G. H. R. Horsley and John A. L. Lee, “A Preliminary Checklist of Abbreviations of Greek Epigraphic Volumes,” Epigraphica 56 (1994): 129–69. Available online here.
  2. Abbreviations for papyri should follow those given in John F. Oates et al., eds, “Checklist of Editions of Greek, Latin, Demotic, and Coptic Papyri, Ostraca and Tablets,” http://tinyurl.com/gvv6dz8.
  3. SBLHS encourages the use of arabic numerals rather than roman even when a particular publication uses roman to number volumes…

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