Lacrimae rerum

With apologies in advance to old & valued clients, we may be neglecting the blog for a while. Our beloved friend the Papyrologist has died in complex and difficult circumstances. There’s nothing to say, really, except that it was far too soon. But I was searching around on the Web (seeing if I could find out who his agent was, among other matters) and fell over something we’d all written together which I had completely forgotten about. The trio who translated P.Oxy 413 now seem such a long way away. I can remember it now, and how much we laughed at the time. All gone now; but some of the things he was saying about time and the past with respect to papyri seem all too true of himself; the electronic echoes of his voice, such as this, and the books in libraries.

4 Responses to “Lacrimae rerum”

  1. Jon Says:

    So sorry to hear of it.

  2. Andreas Minor Says:

    The link is a delightful, witty exchange; the news very sad indeed.

  3. paul Says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Would an entry here — — be a useful introduction to his work/memorial?

  4. Jane Says:

    Paul, thanks for suggestion. I wrote an obituary for the Independent, and I’d be happy to post it on Wikipedia, but I think I’d better find out its legal status - I mean, given that nobody has paid me it seems logical that copyright vests with me, but things aren’t always that straightforward. and since the obit seems to me to say the important things without intruding on other people’s privacy in unacceptable ways, I don’t want to say anything else. But basically it is a good idea.

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