trees in egypt

Photo Credit: William M. Ciesla, Forest Health Management International,

MF CASR Lunch with Valérie Schram

From Greek Papyri to Egyptian Trees: Towards a Reconstruction of the Landscape of Graeco-Roman Egypt


18.05.2021 - 11:30 to 12:00

Egypt is often imagined as a country almost completely devoid of trees. Yet evidence provided by the wealth of Greek papyri excavated from the sands of Egypt in the previous century tells a different story. In fact, trees played an important role in the landscape, the economy, as well as the material and even cultural life of the country in the Greco-Roman period. This talk will first present some of the reasons why, until very recently, so little has been known about the local lumber resources of ancient Egypt. Next, we will briefly explore how an in-depth study of textual documentation, in tandem with archaeological evidence, can transform modern views about the ancient Egyptian landscape.

Valérie Schram, Postdoctoral Fellow, MF School of Theology, Religion and Society