Papyrii collection of the University of St Andrews

Scope and Content

The papyri include receipts, letters, a treatise, accounts and literary fragments.

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection of papyri in the University Library is of some antiquity and unclear provenance.


Papyrus 1 Beginning of a receipt for chaff supplied to soldiers on the march through Oxrhynchus from an unknown place. c.AD299. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.12, no.1543, p.268). 8x9cm.

Papyrus 2 The registration of a vegetable shop in the reign of Severus Alexander.AD222. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.12, no.1641, p.183) 18x7cm

Papyrus 3 Letter of Dorion to Apion, 3rd century AD. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.14, no.1667, p.123) 14x15cm.

Papyrus 4 Fragments of a treatise containing medical prescriptions. The column which is preserved contains a classified series of specifics for earache. Late 2nd or early 3rd Century AD. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.2, no.234, pp.134-5) 30x9cm.

Papyrus 5 Two fragments of an account of provender for horses and cattle. Late 2nd or 3rd Century AD. (Oxyrynchus Papyri, vol.14, no.1734, p.171) 14x13cm.

Papyrus 6 Receipts showing that Tryphon had paid various sums in the ninth year of Tiberius Caesar Augustus. nearly complete. 22-23 AD. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.2, no.311, p.304) 10x8cm.

Papyrus 7 Notice from Caecilius Clemens to the agoranomus (market master) to register the sale of house property at the price of 180 silver dracham or 13 talents 3000 drachma of copper. Dated in the second year of Imp. Caes. Nerva Trajanus Aug. Germ. Nearly complete. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.2, no.340, pp.308-9) 20x6cm

Papyrus 8 Announcement of a death with the request that the deceased person might be struck off the taxing lists. Dated in the 14th year of Marcius Aurelius, Tybi (AD174). Incomplete, the beginning being lost. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.1, no.173, p.240) 22x6cm.

Papyrus 9 Receipt from Faym for tax for maintenance of the desert police who protected caravans. 2nd or 3rd Century AD. (Fayûm Towns and their papyri, no.189, p.298) 6x4cm.

Papyrus 10 Fragments from a manuscript of Xenophon's Hellenica. The portion preserved is from the third book, chapter 1, ss.3-7. 2nd Century AD. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.1, no.28, pp.56-7).

Papyrus 11 Fragments from a manuscript of Plato's Politicus. late 2nd Century AD. (Oxyrhynchus Papyri, vol.10, no.1248, p.129) 32.4x25.8cm.

Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted. Special conditions apply to photographs.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project.

Other Finding Aids

Hand list available in Reading Room

Alternative Form Available

Photographic copies are held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Related Material

GB 227 ms 1-59 (O) Oriental Manuscripts of the Library of the University of St Andrews


The papyri are included in B.P. Grenfell and A.S. Hunt (eds and tr.), The Oxyrhynchus papyri, (London, 1898-[ongoing]).