Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cleopatra | Papyrus

The new book Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff and the exhibition, Cleopatra - The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt {at The Franklin Institute}, have us thinking a lot about papyrus. Papyrus stem was used by ancient Egyptians to make paper-like writing material. The exhibition at The Franklin unveils some new archaeological treasures, including two fragments of papyrus that feature the handwriting of Cleopatra. The Papyrus is determined to be a tax exemption granting freedom from the payment on import tax of wine to Egypt—signed with the Greek inscription, "make it happen." Write-on Cleopatra!

Image: The Franklin Institute

Click image above for an Amazon video of Stacy Schiff discussing her new book.

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