literary papyri


101[1 a.d.]ΣΜΥΡΝΗΙΣ

Ed. pr. Vogliano, Papiri della reale Universitá di Milano, vol. 1°, 1935, p. 13. See *Wyss, Antimachi Colophonii Reliquiae, p. 83; Bowra, Early Greek Elegists, 1938, p. 29; Körte, Archiv, xiii. 1938, 81.

This fragment comes from a commentary on Antimachus,

ὡς οἳ παρ᾿ βασιλῆος, ἐπε[ί ῥ᾿] ἐ[ν]εδέξατο μῦθο[ν, ἤ[ιξα]ν, κοίληι[σ᾿ ἀ]σπίσι φραξάμενοι. . . . . . .


102[(a) 2 b.c.] [(b) 3 a.d.] [(c) 3 b.c.]Probably by Axiopistus

Ed. pr. (a) *Schubart-Wilamowitz, Berliner Klassikertexte, v.2, 1907, p. 124. (b) *Wilamowtz, Sitzungsberichte der königlich preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1918, p. 742 (ostrakon). (c) *Grenfell-Hunt, Hibeh Papyri, i. 1906, no. 1, p. 13, Plate I. See Crönert, Hermes, 47, 1912, 408; Powell, Collectanea Alexandrina, p. 219 and New Chapters, i. 18; Pickard-Cambridge, Dithyramb, Tragedy and Comedy, p. 369; Milne, Cat. Lit. Pap. B.M. no. 56.





[1 a.d.]

in which we are told that Mimnermus wrote a Smyrneis; cf. Paus. ix. 29. 4. Mimnermus wrote elegiacs about the war between Smyrna and the Lydians under Gyges. This war occurred a generation before the time of Mimnermus; who is therefore the first Greek known to have written an historical poem about events in the recent past.

So from the king, when he made known his order, they darted, fenced in their hollow shields.

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Probably by Axiopistus

[(a) 2 b.c.] [(b) 3 a.d.] [(c) 3 b.c.]

[Hibeh Papyri, i. no. 2 omitted, as too fragmentary for inclusion: cf. however Crönert, loc. cit.]

(c) Preface to a book of Sententiae, perhaps the work of one Axiopistus (Athen. xiv. 648 d Φιλόχορος . . . Ἀξιόπιστον . . . τὰς γνώμας πεποιηκέναι φησίν), who flourished about 300 b.c.: this papyrus is dated between 280 and 240 b.c.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.select_papyri_poetry_elegiac_iambic_poems.1941