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Papyri fragments from Oxyrhynchus and the Fayum

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 0054

Scope and Contents

Ten papyri fragments from archaeological excavations in Egypt (1895-1907), conducted chiefly by Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt. The fragments, dating from the Graeco-Roman era are largely economic in nature, particularly covering leases and taxes. Also included are two horoscopes, and most importantly fragments from a copy of book one of Euclid's "Elements" containing propositions 39 and 41.

Dates

  • 0100-0200

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Biographical Note

The Fayum region of Egypt was one of the main centers of Greek colonization (circa 332 B.C.-400 A.D.). Papyri were first found there in 1877, but archaeological excavations did not begin in earnest until the late 1880s. In 1896-7 Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt found a large cache of papyri at Oxyrhynchus (modern Behneseh), Egypt. Their finds were published in a series of reports funded by the Egypt Exploration Fund, in part through the sale of memberships to individuals and institutions.

Extent

0.42 Linear Feet (1 full Hollinger box: fragments of 14 papyri preserved in glass slides)

Arrangement

By accession number.
Title
Papyri fragments from Oxyrhynchus and the Fayum, 2nd cent. A.D.
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Status
Edited Full Draft
Date
© 2004
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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