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  • 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...

  • Gospels on purple parchment

    Manuscript

    The Codex Purpureus Petropolitanus, a Greek manuscript of the Gospels, was written in the 6th century. It gets its name...

  • Guest-Coutts New Testament

    Manuscript

    Copied and illuminated in the middle of the 10th century, this manuscript is a remarkable example of book production in...

  • 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...

  • Letter from the Governor of Egypt

    Papyrus

    There are a good number of surviving letters written by Qurra ben Sharik (in office between 709 and 714), Governor of Eg...

  • Letter to a son-in-law

    Papyrus

    Writing appears on both sides of this fragmentary papyrus. The text on the front, which runs parallel to the fibres, is...

  • Letter to the anchorite Papnouthius

    Papyrus

    Dating to the mid fourth century, this papyrus sheet contains a private letter. The sender is a woman called Valeria, wh...

  • Magical handbook

    Papyrus

    Originally, this third-century papyrus roll was over two metres long. It is an opistograph, a roll bearing writing on ei...

  • Magical text invoking a deity

    Papyrus

    Magic played an important role for centuries in ancient Egypt, and represented a central tenet of religion and everyday ...

  • 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...

  • Petition against a wife

    Papyrus

    Petitions surviving on papyrus shed light on everyday problems in the ancient world. Many of the complaints recorded con...