A large number of Greek papyri survives from Egypt from between 300BC and 700AD when Greek was the official language of the country. Together with wooden and wax tablets and inscribed pottery sherds (ostraca), they provide an unparalleled insight into the culture and the everyday life of men, women and children over a thousand years ago.
Learn more about Byzantine art from the illuminations and decorations found on Greek manuscripts.
Explore what Greek papyri reveal about the lives, troubles, and joys of people who lived over a thousand years ago.
Discover more about what our rich collection of surviving religious manuscripts tells us about Byzantine life.
Explore the intellectual traditions of the Graeco-Roman world that continued throughout the Byzantine era and into the Early Modern world.