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  • 2,000-year-old homework book

    Writing tablet

    These two wax tablets, once bound together with string, are pages of a Greek homework book from around 2,000 years ago. ...

  • Aristophanes of Byzantium, De Animalibus

    Papyrus

    Aristophanes of Byzantium, who lived between the third and the second century BC, was well known for his studies on ling...

  • Bankes Homer

    Papyrus

    Homeric papyri survive in greater numbers than papyri containing the works of any other ancient author. They range in si...

  • Census declaration for a household

    Papyrus

    Dated 24 March 161, this papyrus preserves a letter written by a brother (Anikos) to his sister (Thamistis). Thamistis h...

  • Declaration of camels

    Papyrus

    In Roman Egypt, privately owned animals such as sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys had to be declared by their owners to...

  • Fragment of a lost gospel known as the Egerton gos...

    Manuscript, Papyrus

    The Egerton Papyrus 2 fragments were among a collection bought by the British Museum in 1934 from a dealer in Egypt. Whe...

  • Fragment of Bacchylides, with attached sillybos

    Papyrus

    A small fragment is all that remains of this 2nd-century CE scroll containing the dithyrambs of the poet Bacchylides (fl...

  • Harris Homer Roll

    Papyrus

    Produced in the first or second century, this dark-brown papyrus roll is among the most famous of the British Library pa...

  • Horoscope for a baby

    Papyrus

    Written in 137, this papyrus contains a detailed horoscope for baby Anoubion, fifth son of a certain Psanois. As stated...

  • Notification of death

    Papyrus

    This fragmentary text was written over 1,900 years ago and dates to the very beginning of the second century. Although m...

  • Receipt for pasture tax

    Ostracon

    Besides papyri and other materials, in Egypt inscribed potsherds (ostraca) were used as a writing support and hosted a v...

  • Rhetorical exercises

    Papyrus

    In Classical education, students of rhetoric were trained through a series of ‘preliminary exercises’ (progymnasmata) us...

  • Sophocles, Trackers

    Papyrus

    At the Dionysia festival in ancient Athens, playwrights entered their plays into a competition. Each playwright would su...

  • Tax on a sacrificial calf

    Papyrus

    In the ancient Egyptian tradition, the calf was one of the animals chosen to be sacrificed in temples. The Greek histori...