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  • Letter from a schoolboy to his father


    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


    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


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

  • Letters of the Anonymous Professor


    Composed by two scribes in the 10th century, this composite manuscript contains letters and poems by authors including G...

  • London Medical Papyrus


    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 ...

  • Lycophron with commentary


    Lycophron's Alexandra, with the commentary of Isaac Tzetzes

  • Notebook of Johannes Cuno


    Johannes Cuno (1463–1513) was a Dominican friar and humanist from Nuremberg. He travelled to Italy around 1500, where he...

  • Notification of death


    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


    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


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

  • Receipt for pasture tax


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

  • Sermons of Gregory of Nazianzus


    The theological treatises of Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 329–389?) were hugely important for the Greek church in the Middle...

  • Syriac translation of Galen


    Sergius of Reshaina (d. 536) translated the works of the ancient physician Galen (129-c. 217 CE) in the 6th century. Thi...

  • Theodore Psalter


    The Theodore Psalter is one of the most famous treasures of the British Library and possibly the richest illuminated Gre...

  • Three Galenic treatises in Arabic


    This manuscript is written on Arabic paper. It was completed in Damascus in July 1184 by Ibrāhīm ibn Naṣr ibn Ibrāhīm ib...