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Fabula Incerta 7

Fabula Incerta 7

Introduction

Manuscript

Ant.55 = P.Antinoopolis 55, fragments from a parchment codex written in the fourth century a.d. First edition: J.W. B. Barns (with help from other scholars), The Antinoopolis Papyri 2 (London 1960) 8–29, with photographs (plates I and II). These fragments are republished as fr. adesp. 1096 in Kassel–Austin, PCG VII, pp. 246–51.

Nine fragments (a–i) survive, eight of them with text on both sides of the page. The largest of these (a) preserves enough text to show that each page contained two columns of text, although we do not know the original height of a page (and thus also the number of lines in a column) because neither fr. a nor any other retains both top and bottom margins. The script, however, is both exquisite and small, and we should accordingly allow for original columns between 30 and 50 lines.1 There is no sure way of deciding the dramatic order either of the fragments themselves or of recto and verso in each individual fragment, although in the case of fragment a it seems possible to guess that verso precedes recto. The text published here follows

  • 1E. G. Turner, GRBS 10 (1969) 311.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.menander_comic_poet-unidentified_excluded_papyri_fabula_incerta_7.2000