Personal stories from the ancient past



From the ancient Mediterranean world survive thousands upon thousands of ancient texts, and Papyrus Stories aims to relive tales of daily life preserved for us today. While papyrus is perhaps the best-known of the mediums upon which texts were written, people also wrote on sherds of pottery and stone, on wood, on leather, on parchment, on paper. They incised and painted their writing on walls and on stelae, and left their marks as graffiti. Each Papyrus Stories post will focus on an individual document from Egypt and the Near East, from the age of the pyramids to the emergence of Islam.

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