Ancient Papyri and Writing By Dale wade

The Beginning

Early Knowledge

Early on, newspapers had a good idea on who created the modern alphabet, and credited the Greeks as the first writers. Articles explained that a lot of written language was expanded from the Phoenician alphabet, and has changed, with letters being added and replaced, throughout history.

Major Discovery

In 1910, historians found writing in Greek soil that predated their previously-known earliest example of Phoenician writing. This discovery was significant at the time, because it caused historians to make large changes to their writing timeline.

What Historians Learned

Everyday Life

From ancient papyri, historians learned a lot about the everyday life of the Greeks and Romans. One of the major influences they found was the popular attitude towards religions, with religious documents such as the hymn to Isis. Papyri also did a lot to show how modern Greek life actually was, pointing out their proficiency in art and architecture, which paints a view of them that is a lot closer to us than many seem to think.

History and Administration

Through papyri, historians learned a lot about the history of Greece and Rome, as well as their governmental workings. The papyri showed administration in action, with left over remnants of the actual workings, rather than just theories of how they might have run things in their empires.

How the Attitudes of the Period Focused on Certain Findings


One thing that many papers focused on was papyri that has scripture on it. There were a couple articles that emphasized papyri containing sayings attributed to Jesus, and parts of the New Testament. These stories were likely highlighted, because of the grasp religion had on the nation at the time.


Newspaper Articles

"Christ's Sayings." Highland Recorder [Monterey] 26 July 1907: n. pag. Library of Congress. Web. 9 Dec. 2016.

"Key to Ancient History." The Bemidji Daily Pioneer [Bemidji] 11 Aug. 1920: 4. Library of Congress. Web.

"Ancients Lived in Luxury." Custer County Republican [Broken Bow] 13 June 1901: n. pag. Library of Congress. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

"New Sayings of Christ." The Herald [Los Angeles] 22 Aug. 1897: n. pag. Library of Congress. Web.

"Old Papyri Found." The Witchita Daily Eagle 16 Dec. 1897: 8. Library of Congress. Web.

"Art of Writing Very Old." The Lafayette Advertizer 11 Nov. 1910: n. pag. Library of Congress. Web. 10 Dec. 2016.

"The Origin of Writing." Barbour County Index [Medicine Lodge] 20 Feb. 1901: n. pag. Library of Congress. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

"All Go Back to the Greek." The St. Mary Banner [Baton Rouge] 8 Jan. 1916: n. pag. Library of Congress. Web. 10 Dec. 2016.

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