Papyrus from every angle, from Cleopatra to Clovis
Free of charge and open to the public, the exhibition will bring together, in the main building of the Collège de France, some sixty items dating from ancient Egypt to the early Middle Ages and show the history of what was, for several millennia, the essential medium for writing throughout the Mediterranean region.
Although the exhibition does not omit Egypt and the East, it emphasizes the lesser known uses of papyrus in Europe: in addition to a papyrus from Herculaneum that survived the eruption of Vesuvius or a decision of the Byzantine emperor Theodosius II, we will see masterpieces illustrating the use of papyrus in France, such as acts of Dagobert or Clovis II.
This is the first time that the history of papyrus will be shown in all its chronological extension, from Pharaonic Egypt to the Middle Ages, and geographically, from Egypt to Byzantium and Rome, from Brittany to Afghanistan, thanks to the collection of pieces little known to the public from public and private collections. Guided tours and lectures will also take place during the six weeks of the exhibition, and a 200-page catalog richly illustrated and written by the most eminent specialists will be available.