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Fabula Incerta 2

Fabula Incerta 2

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D = a papyrus originally styled P.Didot, but now catalogued as P.Louvre 7172. It was written by three different scribes at the Memphis Serapeum in or around 160 b.c. The papyrus contains this speech from an ancient comedy (P.Didot 2), together with a much longer speech (P.Didot 1) attributed incorrectly by its scribe to Euripides and by some modern scholars to Menander (see above on Unidentified and Excluded Papyri), as well as other extracts from Aeschylus (fr. 99 Radt), Euripides (Medea 5–12) and two poems by the Hellenistic epigrammatist Posidippus (11, 12 Gow–Page). First edition: H. Weil, Un papyrus inédit de la bibliothèque de M. Ambroise Firmin-Didot (Paris 1879) 25–28. There have been several further editions; that by K. Gaiser, Gymnasium 75 (1968) 193–219 includes an excellent photograph (pl. xxiv). The speech is fr. com. adesp. 1001 in Kassel–Austin, PCG VIII.

This speech was written down, probably from memory, by a Macedonian boy in his mid-teens called Apollonius, the younger brother of one Ptolemy, a recluse from the

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.menander_comic_poet-unidentified_excluded_papyri_fabula_incerta_2.2000