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 survival from antiquity.
It contains part of a treatise on medicine written by an anonymous author (generally now referred to as the Anonymus Londiniensis), who drew on a wide range of earlier medical sources to write this treatise. The extant sections summarise the varying opinions of several physicians, and also deal with physiology in particular.
On the reverse of the scroll is a copy of a letter written by Mark Antony (83-30 BCE) relating to privileges granted by him to a friend based in Asia Minor. The blank versos of papyrus scrolls were often used to record new texts, but it is unclear what relevance a local matter in Asia Minor could have had for someone over a century later in Egypt, where the papyrus was discovered.
- Article by:
- Aileen Das
- The Greek World, Scholarship
Ancient Greek philosophy and medical writing were extremely influential on later thought, both in the West and in the East. Aileen Das traces some of the strands of this remarkable journey, from Greek to Syriac, Arabic, and Latin.