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Papyrus Fragments<br/> <br/> One of the best sources modern scholars

have for learning about Hellenistic Egypt is the large supply of papyrus fragments that have turned up in the Egyptian desert over the last century. Papyrus is a thick type of paper made of a reedy plant found in Egypt. Papyrus is much tougher than the wood-pulp paper used in modern society; whereas a book produced today will most likely fall apart within a century, there are papyrus fragments that are still legible over 2,000 years after scribes wrote on them. 
It is primarily by accident that any of these fragments have survived. Most of the surviving fragments have been found in ancient garbage dumps that were covered over by the desert and preserved in the dry heat. The benefit of this type of archeological finding is that these discarded scraps often give us a more accurate picture of the daily lives of ancient Egyptians - their business affairs, personal correspondence, and religious pleas - than the stone engravings and recorded texts that were intended to be passed down to later generations. 
One of the most important papyrus discoveries of recent years was the revelation in 2011 that a scrap of papyrus that had been discarded and used to wrap a mummy contained 110 previously unknown epigrams (short, witty poems) by the Hellenistic poet Posiddipus (ca.280-240 B.C.). Posidippus lived in Alexandria and benefited from the support of King Ptolemy II Philadelphos (ruled 284-246 BC.). These new epigrams have yielded fascinating insight into the court culture and literary sensibilities of early Hellenistic Egypt. 
King Ptolemy, of course, was also a sponsor of the famous library of Alexandria, the greatest depository of knowledge in the ancient world. According to the twelfthcentury Byzantine writer John Tzetzes, the ancient library contained nearly half a million papyrus scrolls. If that library had not burned down, maybe archeologists today would not have to spend so much of their time sorting through ancient trash. 
yielded fascinating insight into the court culture and literary sensibilities of early Hellenistic Egypt. 
King Ptolemy, of course, was also a sponsor of the famous library of Alexandria, the greatest depository of knowledge in the ancient world. According to the twelfthcentury Byzantine writer John Tzetzes, the ancient library contained nearly half a million papyrus scrolls. If that library had not burned down, maybe archeologists today would not have to spend so much of their time sorting through ancient trash. 


What is papyrus fragment?  
What can be inferred from the first paragraph about papyrus and wood-pulp paper?
Why did the discovery of papyrus in modern day is considered as somewhat accidental?
It can be inferred from paragraph 2 about papyrus paper that
Some types of the information that can be retrieved from the papyrus fragment are
The word "correspondence" in paragraph 2 has the same meaning with
The word "witty" in paragraph 3 could be replaced with
The library of Alexandria was famous for ________________________ in the past.
What can be inferred in paragraph 3 regarding the archeologist and history expert in the present?
What can be said about 110 newly-discovered epigrams of Posiddipus? (Mention all information you find). 

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