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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.


  • 0100-0200

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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.


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


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Papyri fragments from Oxyrhynchus and the Fayum, 2nd cent. A.D.
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Encoding funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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