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Fragments of Dramatic Hypotheses from Oxyrhynchus

  • R. A. Coles and J. W. B. Barns (a1)


These two texts come from a store of papyrus fragments which are at present being examined and worked over at Oxford. They are the property of the Egypt Exploration Society and will be republished in vol. xxxi of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri as Nos. 2544 and 2534; permission for their separate publication here has been granted by the Society in view of the relevance of the former of them to the article by Mr. W. S. Barrett which appears on pp. 58–71 below. We are much indebted to Mr. Barrett and Professor Hugh Lloyd-Jones for many valuable suggestions and criticisms. The nature of both texts was recognized by R. A. Coles, of Magdalen College, Oxford, one of the collaborators in this article.



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page 52 note 1 P. Mil. Vogl. 44, an evidently similar hypothesis text, is mutilated at the beginning; Barrett observes that it did most probably have the same matter, though not arranged on separate lines (see his Hippolytos, p. 432). For comparable hypotheses of Menander, see below.

page 53 note 1 The absence of writing on the reverse is perhaps accidental; the writer may have reused part of a roll containing, e.g., a taxation register in which the writing was not continuous and large spaces were left blank. P. Mil. Vogl. 44 also is on the verso of a document.

page 53 note 2 Note, however, that where our text overlaps with 2455 there is apparently a discrepancy of word-order between them; see below, on I. 13. The only tragedy with a title beginning thus listed by Nauck, Trag. Gr. Fr., is the of Euripides; the letter before the lacuna cannot, however, be λ. Among comedies we note Pherecrates of Eupolis are excluded for the reason mentioned above.

page 55 note 2 The comic fragment P. Antinoopolis 15 has as part of a mutilated heading of the play itself or of a scene thereof the figure c accompanied by a similar curved mark.

page 55 note 3 The theory which made the ; rather than the Menander's first play, on consideration of supposed historical evidence in Terence (see Clark, W. E. in Class. Phil. i [1906], 313–21) seems to have been abandoned; see, e.g., Webster, T. B. L., Studies in Menander, p. 108 , where it is placed at the end of Menander's career. The position of the number β must mean that whatever the system of arrangement this title is the second in our collection; it will therefore not be comparable with the figure sometimes cited after a dramatic title in the scholia, and after that of Cratinus’ Dionysalexandros in P. Oxy. 663; see Flickinger, R. C. in Class. Phil. v (1910), 1 ff., where they are interpreted chronologically.

page 57 note 1 Perhaps for : note ωt in 1. 2.

page 57 note 2 This, however, as he observes, is not invariable; the probable restoration of the hypothesis of Eur. Hipp. in P. Mil. Vogl. 44 would make follow the opening line and precede the epitome itself without a break.


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