The Kelsey Museum has a unique collection of excavated musical instruments from its work on Roman period sites in Egypt, as well as a complement of artifacts both excavated and purchased that relate to musical instruments and the people who played them. We are also fortunate in the generous loan of papyri from the University Library that include actual musical notation, as well as documents of the lives of musicians in Roman Egypt. Supplemented with material on display in the permanent displays, this exhibition provides insight into an important aspect of ancient life.


Music in Ancient Egypt

Music in the Greek and Roman World

Roman Egypt


Archaeological Context

Music from the Papyri

Further Reading and Listening

Credits and Acknowledgements