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A Fragment of New Comedy: P.Antinoop.151

  • J. W. B. Barns (a1) and Hugh Lloyd-Jones (a1)


The fragment is written on the two sides of a leaf of a papyrus codex, dated by Roberts to the fourth century A.D. Our experience so far indicates that so late a manuscript would be likelier to contain Menander than any other author of this genre. Yet the first editor (p. 31) thought the piece ‘un-Menandrian’; and to Webster the ‘tone’ seemed more like that of Apollodorus of Carystus (see CR, I.c., 60). The re-examination of the text whose results are now offered was begun after it had been observed that certain passages which might have been thought to rule out Menander's authorship might have been wrongly read or wrongly understood. After it had been completed, Morel's article appeared, ascribing the piece ‘mit aller Entschiedenheit’ to Menander. We note with pleasure that at several points our findings concur with his, although we are unfortunately not able to pronounce a verdict with anything like his confidence.



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1.Editio princeps, by Roberts, C. H., Antinoopolis Papyri, part i, 1950, p. 30 f. (with contributions by Fraenkel, E., Maas, P. and Pfeiffer, R.).
2.Webster, T. B. L., CR, n.s. 2 (1952) 57 f.
3.Turner, E. G., CR, I.c., p. 184 (review of Antinoopolis Papyri, part i).
4.Webster, T. B. L., Studies in Later Greek Comedy (1953) 217 f.
5.Morel, W., Philologus 107, Heft 1/2 (1963) 145 f.


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