Details
Image number
BL5942359
Title
Papyrus 1521, Charred scroll fragments from Herculaneum (papyrus)
Artist
Greek, (1st century BC) / Greek
Location
British Library, London, UK
Medium
papyrus
Date
(C1th BC)
Description
These fragments are what remain of a complete scroll of the 1st century BCE containing a portion of a work by the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341–270 BCE). The original scroll, together with almost 2,000 other fragments, was found in a luxurious villa in Herculaneum next to Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 CE. The house, now known as the Villa of the Papyri, was discovered in 1752 and in the following years there were almost 2,000 papyri were found at its exceptionally rich private library. The scrolls were carbonised in the intense heat of volcanic flows into compact and highly fragile black blocks which were found in their original containers in the villa preserved under the cement-like layers of rock. Earlier attempts to open the charred rolls often resulted in their complete destruction, but a machine designed by the Abbot Antonio Piaggio could unroll several of them without considerable loss. The texts recovered from the papyri are almost exclusively of philosophical content preserving works from Epicurus and Philodemus of Gadara (110–30 BCE).
Photo credit
© British Library Board. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
Papyrus / papyri / Herculaneum / scroll / carbon / charcoal / charred / Burned / epicurus / fragment / fragments
Availability
Dimension [pixels] Dimension in 300dpi [mm] File size [MB]
Large 6920 × 4953 px 586 × 419 mm 35 MB
Medium 1024 × 733 px 87 × 62 mm 1 MB
Small 600 × 429 px 51 × 36 mm 0 MB
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