The Pharaoh's Treasure

The Pharaoh's Treasure

The Origin of Paper and the Rise of Western Civilization

Book - 2018
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A thought-provoking history of papyrus paper--from its origins in Egypt to its spread throughout the world--revealing how it helped usher in a new era of human history.

Throughout our entire history, humans have always searched for new ways to share information. This innate compulsion led to the origin of writing on the rock walls of caves and coffin lids or carving on tablets. But it was with the advent of papyrus paper when the ability to record and transmit information exploded, allowing for an exchanging of ideas from the banks of the Nile throughout the Mediterranean--and the civilized world--for the first time in human history.

In The Pharaoh's Treasure , John Gaudet looks at this pivotal transition to papyrus paper, which would become the most commonly used information medium in the world for more than 4,000 years. Far from fragile, papyrus paper is an especially durable writing surface; papyrus books and documents in ancient and medieval times had a usable life of hundreds of years, and this durability has allowed items like the famous Nag Hammadi codices from the third and fourth century to survive.

The story of this material that was prized by both scholars and kings reveals how papyrus paper is more than a relic of our ancient past, but a key to understanding how ideas and information shaped humanity in the ancient and early modern world.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
Edition: First Pegasus books cloth edition.
ISBN: 9781681778532
Branch Call Number: 676.09 GAUDET J
Characteristics: xxi, 356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm


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Jul 22, 2019

If you want to know how we got paper this is the book for you. From papyrus to the books we read today follow along this long journey. I did not know that papyrus no longer grows wild in Egypt, it has been gone since before the 16th century. What is sold today in Egypt is a import from Sudan grown on farms in Egypt for the tourist trade. A great history.


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