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Alcman's 'Cosmogonic Fragment (Fr. 5 Page, 81 Calame)

  • W. Glenn Most (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 February 2009

In 1957, Edgar Lobel published an Oxyrhynchus papyrus (P. Oxy. 2390) containing anonymous commentaries to poems of Alcman which has not ceased to fascinate philologists and historians of ancient philosophy.

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J. L. Penwill , ‘Alkman's Cosmogony’, Apeiron 8(1974),1339,

M. L. West ,‘ThreePresocraticCosmologies’,CQ 13(1963),154–76, here 154f.

M. L. West , ’Alcman and Pythagoras‘, CQ 17(1967),115, here 3, 5–6.

F. D. Harvey , ‘Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 2390 and Early Spartan History’, JHS 87(1967), 62–73, here 69–70, criticised Lobel's and proposed instead ; parallels in support of Lobel's supplement are provided by Ricciardelli, op. cit. (n. 6), 7 n. 2. In terms of the argument of the present article, either supplement is acceptable; but the parallels offered below may make slightly preferable.

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