The Romance Papyrus, One of the Few Surviving Examples of Illustration in Papyrus

Circa 100 CE to 200 CE
BNF Sup Grec 1294

Complete surviving fragment of the Romance Papyrus, preserved in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

The Romance Papyrus (Bibliothèque nationale cod. suppl. gr. 1294, also known as the Alexander papyrus) is one of the few surviving scraps of classical literary illustration on papyrus. It contains two unframed colored illustrations about an unknown romance set within the columns of text. The fragment is 340 by 115 mm. It was acquired by the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1900.

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