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Austrian National Library, Papyrus Museum
Papyrus Museum
Heldenplatz
Vienna
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Gaining knowledge of the future and influencing the future for one’s own benefit: these were human aspirations already thousands of years ago. Private persons as well as statesmen wanted to be a bit ahead of their time using prophecies and oracles.

The Austrian National Library houses many extraordinary objects on this subject. About 70 of these unique historical treasures will be presented at the Papyrus Museum. Written in Egyptian, Greek, Coptic and Arabic language and script, they provide an authentic impression of the everyday life, of the faith, wishes and fears of the people in ancient times who were concerned with quite similar questiones than the people nowadays: What about love and happiness? What do the gods and the stars say about my future? Will I stay healthy?

(Picture: Austrian National Library, Papyrus Museum)