Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0925-4757
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9951
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In Greek literary papyri coming from Egypt we can find only a few evidences of works about animals, for example fragments of Aristotelian works or works linked to the scientific production. Only in recent years two papyri were published that contained a “bestiary” in a broad sense.

The first papyrus is a fragment of the , one of the most important ancient Greek treatises devoted to the animals: it is a fragment small in size, but of great importance since it testifies the spreading of this work.

The second papyrus full of animal figures is the so-called Artemidorus Papyrus, which on one side bears the drawings of many animals. In some cases it is possible to trace them back to the animals described in the chapters of the , and determine connections between such different products, an illustrated scroll belonging to the first century AD and a Christian essay of the third century AD.


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