Today, nearly everyone in our society learns to read and write,
but this was not the case two thousand years ago. Clearly there
was a large group of literate people in Graeco-Roman Egypt; why
else would so many examples of written documents and literature
have existed there? However, there were equally large groups of
illiterate and semi-literate people living in the same region.
For the large group of people who were unable
to write for themselves, professional scribes were available for
hire. Below are some examples of the tools of a scribe: a writing
table and a painting kit.