The Fascinating World of Ancient Papyri— Part Two (Ben Witherington)

First paragraph:

According to William Johnson (pp. 87-91), the standard bookroll tended to have 20 sheets, though production of rolls with up to 50-70 sheets are known, but they are surely special orders. If a scribe ran out of space, he would simply glue a new blank roll on to the end of the used up one. This process continued until the copying was complete, and then the excess or blank remnant would simply be cut away. “A reinforced sheet, with fibres at right angles to the roll itself could (but need …

via The Bible and Culture — A One-Stop Shop for All Things Biblical and Christian.

See here for the first post in this series.


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