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May 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm


Papyrology and the ancient world

What is papyrology? What do papyrologists do? What does writing on papyri tell us about the ancient world? Join expert Jean-Luc Fournet for an insight into the world of papyri.

Jean-Luc Fournet is an eminent French papyrologist. He was appointed professor at the Collège de France (Paris) in 2015. Prior to this Jean-Luc was a member of the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale in Cairo, a researcher at the CNRS in Strasbourg, and professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Department of Historical and Philological Sciences) in Paris. He devotes much of his scholarly activity to editing new texts, including papyri and Greek inscriptions on late antique amphorae, which he was the first to decipher.

At the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Tickets £12 / concessions

This event is inspired by the British Library exhibition Writing: Making your Mark which runs from 26th April to 27th August 2019.

Discover the extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements, through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and seven continents. Follow the remarkable evolution of writing from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone and early printed text such as William Caxton’s edition of The Canterbury Tales, to the art of note-taking by some of history’s greatest minds, and onwards to the digital communication tools we use today.

Further information on the British Library website

British Library events


May 20
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm


British Library
01937 546 546


The British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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