Can you solve a 3,500-year-old maths puzzle?

From Standup Mathematician.

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Hugh thanks to the British Museum for getting the papyrus out of storage for me to see. You can watch the other non-papyrus video I made with them over here:

If you want to have a closer look at the maths on the papyrus, there are scans on the British Museum site:

You have to divide 100 loaves between 5 men in such a way that the shares received shall be in arithmetical progression. And that 1/7 of the sum of the largest 3 shares shall be equal to the sum of the smallest 2. What is the difference of the shares?

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– None yet, let me know if you spot anything!

Filming by Alex Genn-Bash
Editing by Gus Melton
Written and performed by Matt Parker
Produced by Nicole Jacobus
Music by Howard Carter
Design by Simon Wright and Adam Robinson

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