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Papyri fragments from Oxyrhynchus and the Fayum, 2nd cent. A.D.
10 items
Collection number: MS 0054


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South Hadley, MA

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.

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Oxyrhynchus and Fayum papyri fragments, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA.

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  • Bahnasa (Egypt) - Antiquities.
  • Fayyum (Egypt) - Antiquities.
  • Manuscripts, Greek - Specimens.

  • Egypt Exploration Fund. - Graeco-Roman Branch.

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