Brill’s New Pauly

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(κύλινδρος/kýlindros, Lat. rotulus, volumen). Greek papyrus scrolls from Egypt, most in a fragmentary state, survive from as early as the late 4th cent. BC. It is uncertain to what extent the oldest scrolls were similar to the examples preserved from the Hellenistic period. Depictions on 5th-cent. BC vases show scrolls written parallel to the narrow side (Lat. technical term: transversa charta), thus differing from the standard type, in which the text was arranged parallel to the long side, along the entire length of the scroll, in columns (selis, Lat. pagina) succeed…

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Cavallo, Guglielmo (Rome), “Scroll”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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