Writing in the West

14. Greek papyrus

Egyptian Reed Pen

Reed pen, 2011-3723


Papyrus was the paper of the ancient Mediterranean world and was used in Greek and Roman culture as well as in Egypt. By this time reed pens, rather than reed brushes, were the main writing instruments.


Greek papyrus fragment

Greek papyrus fragment, 2011-3777


This is a fragment of papyrus written in Greek, with sixteen lines partially visible; it is part of a document covering the terms of a loan. Unlike most Egyptian writing, Greek was written left to right.