Papyrus Fragments

Of most of the remainder there is little that can be said with assurance. Fr. 451c comprises 37 lines, most if not all of them lyric, whose content appears to have to do largely with warfare; at the end (33–37) it seems to be predicted that someone who may or may not be described as courageous will flee on horseback from an attack and (but?) that a for[eign] soil will receive him. Fr. 451e refers to someone or something Asian and several times to musical and other sounds; it may well therefore come from a play with strong Dionysiac connections, such as one from the Lycurgus or the Semele/Pentheus tetralogies. Fr. 451f, which probably contains the end of one speech and the beginning of another, mentions a bed or sexual relationship (14) and, just previously, that Hera . . . has come (12–13); it is very tempting to associate this with frr. 220a–c and ascribe the fragment to Semele. In fr. 451g a chorus greets a king, beginning with the same words that are used by the Argive elders when they greet Agamemnon (Ag. 783). Fr. 451m consists of nearly forty scraps, which are unlikely all to come from the same play; one of them mentions Peleus (1.7), but we do not know in what connection. Fr. 451o twice mentions the people of Tenedos (53.3 and 7), and a character asks how is this friendly to (or approved by) the [Ar]gives?; the only known story which this fits is that of the sacking of Tenedos, and the killing of its king Tennes, by the Greek expedition on its way to Troy, a story which is told only in later sources (e.g. [Apollodorus], Epitome 3.23–26) but which was the subject of a fifth-century play variously ascribed to Euripides and to Critias; this papyrus has thus been taken by Mette and others as evidence for an otherwise


Papyrus Fragments

unattested Tennes of Aeschylus. Fr. 451s consists of more than seventy small pieces of papyrus, again probably belonging to several different plays; one (55) has been thought to coincide with a book-fragment of Myrmidons (see on fr. 136).

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aeschylus-probably_aeschylean_papyrus_fragments.2009