“The Charioteer Papyrus”
A fragment from a manuscript containing a classical work of literature, perhaps the Iliad. The illustration on the fragment depicts six charioteers in red and green tunics standing in front of a yellow hippodrome. Probably an illustration of Patroclus’ funerary chariot race. Some Coptic text is visible at the top.
Ink and pigment on papyrus.
Made in the 5th century in Egypt, part of an illustrated codex. Excavated from a pile of 5th century garbage at Antinoe in 1914 by papyrologist John Johnson Monins. Currently held at the Egypt Exploration Society in London.

The Charioteer Papyrus

A fragment from a manuscript containing a classical work of literature, perhaps the Iliad. The illustration on the fragment depicts six charioteers in red and green tunics standing in front of a yellow hippodrome. Probably an illustration of Patroclus’ funerary chariot race. Some Coptic text is visible at the top.

Ink and pigment on papyrus.

Made in the 5th century in Egypt, part of an illustrated codex. Excavated from a pile of 5th century garbage at Antinoe in 1914 by papyrologist John Johnson Monins. Currently held at the Egypt Exploration Society in London.