When more than one sheet of papyrus was needed for a document, multiple sheets were pasted side-by-side and rolled up. A person wrote on the side which has horizontal fibers. This came to be known as the recto side while the opposite side is referred to as verso. A roll written on both sides is called an opisthograph.

Image of Papyrus Roll

A man holds a papyrus roll and his wife holds a waxed writing tablet and a stylus in this first-century A.D. painting from a house in Pompeii. (Scala/Art Resource, N.Y.)

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