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Anatomy of the World
Science and Art on the Papyrus of Artemidorus

13.03.2008 to 30.06.2008

Altes Museum
Altes Museum

The new papyrus of Artemidorus, a unique document of science and art in ancient times, is on show at the Egyptian Museum from 13 March 2008. The front of the papyrus, originally 2.5 meters in width, is covered in text passages written down by the Greek geographer Artemidorus who lived at the turn of the 1st century BC in Ephesos. From his descriptions of the earth, the preface and the beginning of the book on Spain are preserved in the papyrus. In the space between the third and the fourth column, a map has been inserted. Additionally, the entire back of the papyrus as well as the every available free space on the front have been covered with high-quality drawings of human heads and limbs as well as exotic animals.

On 13 March 2008, 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m. the exhibiton will be preceded by an academic colloquium at the Kulturforum, in which experts from various disciplines will discuss the culture-historical context of this new papyrus.