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Fragile but useful, papyrus is produced from flattening the fibers of a marsh plant originally found in Egypt into thin sheets which can then be written upon with ink. With the advent of Imperial Rome, the knowledge of cultivating and processing papyrus was soon spread to the rest of the classical world. The Arabs who conquered Egypt understood the value of papyrus as it was cheaper albeit not as lasting as parchment. Papyrus and parchment were used in parallel with one another until the art of paper making had been learnt from the Chinese in the 10th century.

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