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This is an archived exhibit of The Bancroft Library, University California, Berkeley.

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This exhibit was adapted by Elisabeth R. O'Connell (using text from Ancient Lives) to coincide with Dorothy Thompson's 2002 public lecture, Obelisks and Fountains: Greek Culture in Hellenistic Egypt


The Tebtunis papyri provide intimate details about daily life in a town in Greco–Roman Egypt. They offer vivid images of all phases of human life, from birth to death, at home and in public. The challenge in years to come is to merge the picture that the written documents provide for us with that presented by the other archaeological material from the site. In combination, the papyri and the artifacts will furnish a much more complete picture of life in Egypt under Greek and Roman rule.