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Last updated: 8/9/23

Trismegistos [TM] 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 952243 entries. When the database was created in 2005, it focused on providing information (metadata) on published papyrological documents from Graeco-Roman Egypt. It now covers the period BC 800 and AD 800 and includes papyri and epigraphic material from across the ancient world, both published and unpublished. Its aim is to be a platform where information can be found about all texts from antiquity, thus facilitating cross-cultural and cross-linguistic research.

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 4280 modern institutional and private collections of texts and their 273827 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 609 collections of texts in antiquity, mainly in Egypt, and the 21565 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 547740 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 61473 places in Egypt and increasingly also outside (in view of the expansion of TM to the ancient world in general). It contains the currently 233890 attestations of toponyms in texts from Egypt (BC 800 – AD 800), but is also linked to the provenance field in Trismegistos Texts.

There is also a Bibliography to assist with short references used in Trismegistos.

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Trismegistos Data Services is a set of open services (API's and table dumps) developed in the Linked Open Data framework of DARIAH-BE and CLARIAH-VL. Open access to data is offered on a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

Trismegistos Online Publications (TOP) provides freely downloadable pdf-documents with scholarly tools based upon or providing links to the Trismegistos database. TOP Special Series is intended for PhD theses or other scholarly manuscripts that would otherwise remain unpublished.

Trismegistos Corpus Data publishes data sets that were assembled for journal papers.

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