Papyrus scroll, approx. 4 m long
A text written on a papyrus scroll is a book for eternity…
The durability of Papyrus (lat. cyperus papyrus) shows an ols text from 200 A.D.
A doctor with the name Galenos reported that he read over 300 year old book scrolls which were intact and made of papyrus, and modern archeological “Datierungsmethoden” can confirm this.
To write like the old Romans
The antique book scroll made its way from Egypt to Greece and then to Europe. The “Book” made of papyrus came as scrolls on to the roman market usually consisting of twenty Papyrus pages (kollemata). People preferred to write on the inside of the scroll (recto) where the fiber bearing of the papyrus was level and therefore it was easier to write on with the writing tube (calamus) or the quill (penna scriptoria).
Only the first pages of a book scroll (left) had fiber that proceeded vertical. This page, the “protokollon”, not only stayed blank but it was also used as a protective cover for the scroll.
It was always written in parallel columns, which had different width. Scientific and philosophically scripts were always written in wide columns and speeches were written in narrow columns.
Antique authors even wrote over the sticky papyrus paper edges. In the roman times most paragraphs had dots in between individual words this was done to be more legible for readers. Ultimately the book scroll was supplied with a book naval made of real parchment. That is where the name of the author or book title was engraved on so it was easier to find it.
- overall length of Book scroll 400 centimeter
- height of Book scroll 30 centimeter
- real papyrus
- manufactured according to antique descriptions
PS. Allow yourself a piece of antique Book history!