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ancient Mediterranean seaport that was a thriving city state in Phoenicia during the second millennium BC; was the chief port for the export of papyrus; located in Lebanon north of Beirut; now partially excavated Byblos
bulrush; chufa; cotton grass; papyrus; umbrella plant Cyperaceae , family Cyperaceae , sedge family
collection of 13 ancient papyrus codices translated from Greek into Coptic that were discovered by farmers near the town of Nag Hammadi in 1945; the codices contain 45 distinct works including the chief sources of firsthand knowledge of Gnosticism Nag Hammadi , Nag Hammadi Library
manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible palimpsest
document written on papyrus papyrus
paper made from the papyrus plant by cutting it in strips and pressing it flat; used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and Romans papyrus
roll of parchment or papyrus for document scroll
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