Oxyrhynchus Papyri online … or maybe only in the US?

Via AWOL:

Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volumes 1-15 online

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 1 (1898)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 2 (1899)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 3 (1903)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 4 (1904)[Alternative version]
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 5 (1908)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 6 (1908)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 7 (1910)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 8 (1911)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 9 (1912)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 10 (1914)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 11 (1915)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 12 (1916)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 13 (1919)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 14 (1920)
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 15 (1922)

This is really valuable except … from outside the US, I can’t access vols. 1-5.  Can anyone in the US confirm that these are indeed online in PDF form?

Annoyingly, it looks as if Google Books have now blocked anonymizing proxies and Tor as means to by-pass the block on non-US people.  Probably there is now some other way that is presently unknown to me.  But really … why does anyone benefit from such childish dog-in-the-manger antics?

16 Responses to “Oxyrhynchus Papyri online … or maybe only in the US?”


  1. Joel

    I can read Volume I at the link you provided, but when I go to the link from there to Google books, Google books says, “no ebook available.”

  2. Matthew Hamilton

    copies on Archive.org are available from Australia

  3. Roger Pearse

    The Archive.org material is available to me too. But the PDF’s of 1-5 are at Google Books and invisible from the UK.

    @Joel, so the same is true for you from the US for vol. 1?

  4. Walter Dunphy

    I (in Japan) got same as Joel, but on Archive page go to “all formats” and the pdf version downloads.

  5. Chris Francese

    pdfs not available for me in the US. Link at Archive goes straight to Google, which says “no ebook available.”

  6. Joel

    Correct Roger. I don’t think Google has the PDFs available for anyone, but as Walter said, probably are at Archive.org.

  7. Roger Pearse

    Thank you Chris. So it seems as if the volumes have been taken down at Google.

    Thank you, @Walter: that does work. The PDF’s are indeed available at “All files”!

  8. Stephan Huller

    I can read them (at least the few I have checked) in Seattle Washington. Thanks Roger!

  9. Roger Pearse

    Can you read any of vols 1-5 on Google books?

  10. Stephan

    Only as an Archive book.

  11. Roger Pearse

    Which means that the Google book, which was clearly once online, since Archive copied it, has since been removed and is inaccessible from everywhere.

    Which is a bit scary. If stuff is silently vanishing from Google Books.

  12. stephan huller

    Yes. I’ve been noticing academic publications disappearing. The recent Eznik of Kolb translation (On the Sects) simply vanished. There are other examples.

  13. Roger Pearse

    I presume that was a preview? I used to have a physical copy of that somewhere. (Wish I had a PDF)

  14. Suburbanbanshee

    You’ve got the Refutation of the Sects version on tertullian.org.

  15. Suburbanbanshee

    The 1998 version is showing up as “On God” or “A Treatise on God written in Armenian” translated by MJ, or Monica, Blanchard and by Frances, or Robin, Darling Young. Only way down towards the bottom of the listing is an alternate title given as “On the Sects.”

    Somebody is doing a Very Bad Job curating the meta-info on this volume.

  16. Roger Pearse

    The version I have is an abbreviated version, tho.

    You’re right about Eznik / Yeznik! But the same is true of so many ancient texts. Indeed yesterday, when I was wanting information on the “Meditations” of Marcus Aurelius, my first problem was to guess just what the title of any edition might be! “Ad se ipsum”, anyone? :-)



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