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School tablet with an extract from Homer’s ‘Iliad’ (Greek)

James BrownRoman, 3rd–4th century

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

The first King Ptolemy founded a cult place for the muses (Museion) in Alexandria which served as a centre where the various sciences which flourished during the Hellenist era were taught and researched. A wooden tablet with verses by Homer is a relic of the schools of Antiquity. In order to facilitate the reading of the words, which were usually written without gaps between them, here accents are used to mark the divisions.

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  • Title: School tablet with an extract from Homer’s ‘Iliad’ (Greek)
  • Creator: Artist unknown
  • Date Created: Roman, 3rd–4th century
  • Type: Script
  • Medium: Wood, ink
  • Inv. no.: ÄM 13839
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-015418
  • External Link: Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ute Zscharnt || Text © Prestel Verlag / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Collection: Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung | Ägyptisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

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