Trismegistos is a platform aiming to surmount barriers of language and discipline in the study of texts from the ancient world, particularly late period Egypt and the Nile valley (roughly BC 800 - 800 AD).
The core component of TM is Trismegistos Texts, currently counting 816758 entries. It focus on providing information (metadata) on published papyrological documents from Graeco-Roman Egypt. Trismegistos Texts includes also all epigraphic material as well. Papyrology includes also writing tablets from outside Egypt, from the entire ancient world. In principle, however, Trismegistos Texts provides only metadata.
Several aspects of the Texts database have been elaborated in the course of successive projects and have become separate databases linked with the core Trismegistos Texts database.
The Collections database, built on the Leuven Homepage of Papyrus Collections, is a set of currently 4056 modern institutional and private collections of texts and their 255047 inventory numbers. It is searchable both separately and in the Texts database.
The Archives database, built on the Leuven Homepage of Papyrus Archives, is a set of currently 544 collections of texts in antiquity, mainly in Egypt, and the 19828 texts that are part of these archives. It is searchable separately, leading to the texts themselves.
The People database, building on the Prosopographia Ptolemaica, is a complex set of prosopographical and onomastic databases. It currently contains 509864 attestations of personal names of non-royal individuals living in Egypt between BC 800 and AD 800, including all languages and scripts and written on any surface.
The Places database, expanding the geographic database of the Fayum project, is a set of currently 56083 places in Egypt and increasingly also outside (in view of the expansion of TM to the ancient world in general). It contains the currently 227954 attestations of toponyms in texts from Egypt (BC 800 – AD 800), but is also linked to the provenance field in Trismegistos Texts.
Finally, because abbreviations are often different in the various disciplines, we have also started creating a Bibliography which resolves many of the short references we use in Trismegistos
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