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


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.