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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Letter about funeral expenses

    Papyrus Created date: 260–275

    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 Created date: 3rd century

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

  • Letter to a son-in-law

    Papyrus Created date: 249–299

    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 Created date: Mid-4th century

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

  • London Medical Papyrus

    Papyrus Created date: 1st century

    This papyrus scroll was copied in the 1st century CE and is over 3.5 metres long in its extant form. It is a remarkable ...

  • 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...

  • Petition against a wife

    Papyrus Created date: 363

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

  • Petition to the prefect of Egypt

    Papyrus Created date: 263

    A document addressed to the prefect of Egypt is preserved in this papyrus sheet. A certain woman called Aurelia Thaisous...

  • Will of Lucius Ignatius Rufinus

    Papyrus Created date: 211

    Produced during the early third century, this is one of the Latin papyri of the British Library collections. It originat...