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The texts are "further proof that teaching and learning took place there, and confirm that they belong to the only building so far discovered from antiquity that was certainly a school and showed educational activities," Cribiore wrote.
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[See Photos of the Ancient Egyptian School and Texts] The house and school are located in the ancient town of Trimithis (modern-day Amheida), which is in the Dakhla Oasis, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) west of the Nile River.After it closed, the school building was incorporated into a nearby house belonging to a town councillor named Serenos, who used part of it for storage.In 1979, researchers found a painting of the Olympian gods in Serenos' house, and recent excavations have revealed more paintings including one of a banquet scene with a flute player.The text written by the teacher was first published in the 2008 edition of the Journal of Roman Archaeology.Owen Jarus writes about archaeology and all things about humans' past for Live Science.