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  • Apprenticeship to a weaver

    Papyrus

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

  • 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...

  • Constitution of the Athenians

    Papyrus

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

  • 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...

  • Deed of divorce

    Papyrus

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

  • Fragment of an illuminated papyrus

    Papyrus

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 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...

  • Letter about funeral expenses

    Papyrus

    Among the documents shedding light on funeral practices in Graeco-Roman Egypt is this incomplete sheet of papyrus from t...

  • Letter from a schoolboy to his father

    Papyrus

    This reused papyrus sheet was cut out from a larger piece preserving some official document. The blank back of the papyr...