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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Papyrus in Turin 

In a story for Discovery News, Rossella Lorenzi reports on the remarkable 'Papyrus of Artemidorus', which is on display for the first time at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin.

Titled, 'The three lives of the papyrus of Artemidorus', the exhibition forms part of the cultural events accompanying the Winter Olympics and runs until the beginning of May. An interesting diversion from the activities on the snow and ice.

The papyrus is remarkable because, according to Claudio Gallazzi, a professor of Papirology at the University of Milan and the exhibition's curator, 'it helps write new pages of Greek literature, cartography and art history'. In its three lives, the papyrus began as the transcription of a book by ancient Greek geographer Artemidorus, cartographers then added the earliest maps of the Greek-Roman era and it finished life as an artist's sketch pad.

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