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Papyrus letter in Greek

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
early 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Egyptian
Medium:
Papyrus
Dimensions:
H.: 4 x 3 1/8 in. (10.2 x 7.9 cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous-Papyrus
Credit Line:
Gift of M. Nahman, 1925
Accession Number:
25.8
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The papyrus contains a letter written by Heraclides to his brother Petechois. It is essentially a shopping list of items – poultry, bread, lupines, chick peas, kidney beans and fenugreek at various prices – that Heraclides wants Petechois to bring him. Such documents provide important evidence for the level of literacy in the Roman world and offer an insight into the everyday lives of ordinary people.
From Egypt

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