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  • Apprenticeship to a weaver

    Papyrus Created date: 66

    Dated 18 September 66, this papyrus preserves the complete text of an apprenticeship agreement between a father, Tryphon...

  • Aristophanes of Byzantium, De Animalibus

    Papyrus Created date: 2nd century–3rd century

    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 Created date: 161

    Dated 24 March 161, this papyrus preserves a letter written by a brother (Anikos) to his sister (Thamistis). Thamistis h...

  • Codex Sinaiticus

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd quarter of the 4th century–3rd quarter of the 4th century

    Despite its rather austere appearance, Codex Sinaiticus is a treasure beyond price. Produced in the middle of the 4th ce...

  • 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...

  • Gospel of John papyrus

    Papyrus Created date: 3rd century

    These two papyrus fragments are from a 3rd-century papyrus codex containing the Gospel of John. They were found at Oxyrh...

  • Handbook of magical texts

    Papyrus Created date: 4th century

    The Theban Magical Library includes magical texts on papyrus, mainly written in Greek and Demotic.  These papyri, dated ...

  • Horoscope for a baby

    Papyrus Created date: 138

    Written in 137, this papyrus contains a detailed horoscope for baby Anoubion, fifth son of a certain Psanois. As stated...

  • Letter from the Governor of Egypt

    Papyrus Created date: c. 709

    There are a good number of surviving letters written by Qurra ben Sharik (in office between 709 and 714), Governor of Eg...

  • Magical handbook

    Papyrus Created date: 3rd century

    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 Created date: 4th century–5th century

    Magic played an important role for centuries in ancient Egypt, and represented a central tenet of religion and everyday ...

  • Rhetorical exercises

    Papyrus Created date: 2nd century

    In Classical education, students of rhetoric were trained through a series of ‘preliminary exercises’ (progymnasmata) us...

  • Tax on a sacrificial calf

    Papyrus Created date: 188

    In the ancient Egyptian tradition, the calf was one of the animals chosen to be sacrificed in temples. The Greek histori...

  • Two magical spells

    Papyrus Created date: 4th century

    This fourth- or fifth-century papyrus, overall well preserved, is one of the Greek magical papyri from the British Libra...