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Papyrus made today

In ancient Egypt, the inner parts of the stems of a tall plant called Cyperus papyrus were pressed together in vertical and horizontal layers to create supports on which to write letters. This writing material was called "papyrus" from which the English word "paper" is derived. Papyrus was sold in rolls, and the ancient Greeks and Romans imported them from Egypt to use for writing. In Europe, codices using animal skin as a support became popular in the second half of the 4th century, and the use of papyrus gradually ceased.

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