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  • 2,000-year-old homework book

    Writing tablet Created date: 2nd century

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Notification of death

    Papyrus Created date: 101

    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 Created date: 150 or 160

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