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  • 2,000-year-old homework book

    Writing tablet Created date: 2nd century

    These two wax tablets, once bound together with string, are pages of a Greek homework book from around 2,000 years ago. ...

  • Charred scroll fragments from Herculaneum

    Manuscript Created date: 1st century

    These seven fragments are what remain of a complete scroll of the 1st century BCE containing a portion of a work by the ...

  • 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...

  • Guest-Coutts New Testament

    Manuscript Created date: Mid-10th century

    Copied and illuminated in the middle of the 10th century, this manuscript is a remarkable example of book production in...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Receipt for pasture tax

    Ostracon Created date: 150 or 160

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

  • 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...