To our next catalogue we are pleased to announce 3 fragments of Egyptian papyri from Oxyrhynchus with excellent Provenance.
The Oxyrhynchus Papyrii are a collection of ancient manuscripts written on papyrus discovered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were found in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, located in the Nile Delta. The excavation of the site was carried out by two Oxford scholars, Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt.
The papyrii cover a wide range of topics, providing valuable insights into various aspects of life in Greco-Roman Egypt, including literature, poetry, religious texts, administrative documents, letters, and more. They date from the 3rd century BCE to the 7th century CE, encompassing a vast historical period.
Among the most significant findings were fragments of lost works of classical authors like Sappho, Euripides, and Hesiod, providing scholars with previously unknown portions of their writings. The collection also includes early Christian texts, shedding light on the development of Christianity in the region.
The Oxyrhynchus Papyrii have been instrumental in advancing our understanding of ancient civilizations, providing a wealth of information about their culture, language, and daily life. The discoveries have had a profound impact on classical studies and continue to be a valuable resource for scholars and historians to explore and interpret the rich tapestry of the ancient world.
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