Deciphering ancient lives – visiting the Papyrus Collection of the University Library

Are you curious about how people in antiquity lived their everyday lives? What did they do against fever, scorpions, or unhappy love?

You are invited to a visit, combined with a lecture, to the papyrus collection of the University Library, where over two thousand papyri, books, contacts, letters, and tax receipts written roughly 1500-2000 years ago are kept. They tell tales about proud Roman soldiers, the priests of the crocodile god, the ‘worst’ poet of Greek antiquity, and Coptic monks intervening in marital disputes. In short, stories from the everyday life of the multicultural society of ancient Egypt.

Venue: HUMSAM Library of the University of Oslo, Georg Sverdrups hus, Blindern campus, Moltke Moes vei 39, fourth flour.
NB Meet in the lobby of the library on the ground floor by the main entrance!

Date and time: 17 March, 14.00 and 16.00 (duration of each visit is ca. 90 minutes)

Booking: Please write to In each group (at 14.00 and 16.00) we can host maximum 25 visitors.

Price: free

Language: English (14.00) and French (16.00)

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