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Derveni Papyrus

Ancient Greek Derveni Papyrus: Europe’s Oldest Surviving Book

The Derveni papyrus, an ancient Greek papyrus roll from the era of Philip II of Macedon's reign—probably from the years between 340 and 320 B.C.—is considered Europe's oldest legible manuscript still in existence today. Its name derives from the site...

Derveni Papyrus, Candidate for UNESCO List

The Derveni Papyrus is the only readable papyrus that has survived in Greece and the most ancient manuscript in Europe. Now it is a candidate for the UNESCO list of documented Heritage Monuments. According to archaeologists, the Derveni papyrus was...