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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...