Reconstruction of the history of the collections


The aim of this research line is to gain a better understanding of the historical and intellectual context in which the Spanish papyrological collections were formed and, related to to this, the formation of the discipline of Papyrology in our country. Besides the circumstances of the discovery and acquisition of the different pieces, this research is also aimed at understanding the intellectual profile of the collectors as well as the motivations that led them to acquire the papyrological pieces. Recently, our interest has led us to deal also with nineteenth-century collections of aegyptiaca in which there are some papyrological pieces. Particularly interesting in this regard is the small collection of ostraca and papyrus fragments acquired by Eduard Toda, Vice Consul of Spain in Cairo between 1884 and 1886, now kept at the National Archaeological Museum.