Throughout history, mankind has committed its greatest thoughts
to writing. The power of the written word is vast: it allows ideas,
emotions, even passions, to transcend time, to pass unaltered
from one person to another, from one generation to the next.
Human society itself is erected on a solid foundation of
documents: edicts, declarations, holy books. The reed paper,
papyrus, was made for thousands of years in Egypt, from the time
of the pharaohs, through the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, and
on into the Islamic era. To hold this manuscript today, to decipher
its message, is to communicate directly with a vanished world.