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Posted: November 28, 2006
About the papyrus fragment: Adventures of Herakles (3rd century) "
While it might look like part of an ancient comic strip, this colored drawing comes from what was likely a schoolboy's reading assignment. The fragment and its accompanying text illustrate the first of the 12 famous labors plaguing the demigod Heracles: slaying the supposedly unconquerable Nemean Lion and bringing back its skin.
Other featured papyri include fragments of various gospels, ancient Greek plays, poetry of Sappho, advice for the lovelorn, instructions to those officiating in Greek, Roman and Egyptian cults, records of business and legal transactions including marriage contracts, loans and wills, works of philosophy, personal letters, and many more.