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  • A third century fragment from Gospel of Thomas

    Papyrus Created date: end of the 2nd century–3rd century

    Unearthed in the rubbish tips of the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, south of Cairo, this fragment from a papyrus...

  • Apprenticeship to a weaver

    Papyrus Created date: 66

    Dated 18 September 66, this papyrus preserves the complete text of an apprenticeship agreement between a father, Tryphon...

  • Aristophanes of Byzantium, De Animalibus

    Papyrus Created date: 2nd century–3rd century

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

  • Bankes Homer

    Papyrus Created date: 2nd century

    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 Created date: 161

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

  • Constitution of the Athenians

    Papyrus Created date: 78-c. 100

    The school of the philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BCE) researched and recorded the constitutions of 158 ancient Greek cit...

  • Declaration of camels

    Papyrus Created date: 146

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

  • Deed of divorce

    Papyrus Created date: 305–306

    Marriage contracts and deeds of divorce are recorded in the Greek papyri that survive from Egypt, although the union and...

  • Exodus-Revelation papyrus

    Papyrus Created date: Late 3rd century-4th century

    This unusual papyrus fragment has been the subject of much debate since it was discovered in the late 19th century. It c...

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

    Manuscript, Papyrus Created date: Mid 2nd century

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

  • Fragment of an illuminated papyrus

    Papyrus Created date: 3rd century–6th century

    A small fragment is all that survives of an ancient illuminated book (whether it was a roll or codex is unclear). The sc...

  • Fragment of Bacchylides, with attached sillybos

    Papyrus Created date: 2nd century

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

  • Gospel of John papyrus

    Papyrus Created date: 3rd century

    These two papyrus fragments are from a 3rd-century papyrus codex containing the Gospel of John. They were found at Oxyrh...

  • Handbook of magical texts

    Papyrus Created date: 4th century

    The Theban Magical Library includes magical texts on papyrus, mainly written in Greek and Demotic.  These papyri, dated ...

  • Harris Homer Roll

    Papyrus Created date: 1st century–2nd century

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