Building peace in the minds of men and women

© Orestis Kourakis, The Derveni Papyrus.

The Derveni Papyrus: The oldest 'book' of Europe

Registration year: 2015
Submission year: 
2014
Collection ID: 
2014-53

The Derveni Papyrus is of immense importance not only for the study of Greek religion and philosophy, which is the basis for the western philosophical thought, but also because it serves as a proof of the early dating of the Orphic poems offering a distinctive version of Presocratic philosophers. The text of the Papyrus, which is the first book of western tradition, has a global significance, since it reflects universal human values: the need to explain the world, the desire to belong to a human society with known rules and the agony to confront the end of life. 

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© Orestis Kourakis, The Derveni Papyrus.
The Derveni Papyrus
© Orestis Kourakis

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© Orestis Kourakis, The Derveni Papyrus.
The Derveni Papyrus
© Orestis Kourakis

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© Photographic Archive of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, The Derveni Papyrus.
The Derveni Papyrus
© Photographic Archive of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

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© Photographic Archive of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, The Derveni Papyrus.
The Derveni Papyrus
© Photographic Archive of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

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© Photographic Archive of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, The Derveni Papyrus.
The Derveni Papyrus
© Photographic Archive of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki

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© Photographic Archive of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, The Derveni Papyrus.
The Derveni Papyrus
© Photographic Archive of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
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