In a papyrologist’s dream world, every office would have a recent monograph devoted to it; so would every institution, every tax, every contract type, and so on. Many of these monographs, it must be admitted, are not very interesting to read, and most of them are undoubtedly cited far more often than they are read. It is as if every text to be edited presents a list of problems, and the editor who finds a monographic treatment of one of them can check if off as solved, requiring no further thought. When everything has been checked off, the document is finished.
– R.S. Bagnall (2003.58, p. 91)1
- cf. epistulae humaniores