Sophocles, Fragments Not Assignable to Any Play

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Fragments Not Assignable to any Play

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Ed. pr. Turner, P.Oxy. 2452, Part 27, 1962, 1–20, Plates i and ii (ii = Turner, Greek Manuscripts of the Ancient World, 1987 2 , no. 27); cf. Lloyd-Jones, Gnomon 35 (1963) 434–6; Carden, PFS 110–35.

P.Oxy. 2452 consists of 86 fragments of a play about the adventures of Theseus in Crete. Only seven of the fragments reach a moderate size, and since they contain no complete line and no two consecutive half-lines, they are not printed here. In fr. 730a Eriboea is addressing an

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τὰς Ἑκαταίας μαγίδας δόρπων

Pollux, Vocabulary 6, 83 (2, 24, 19 Bethe)

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τὸ πρὸς βίαν πίνειν ἴσον πέφυκε τῷ διψῆν κακόν

Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 10, 428A

2 corr. Meineke, Cobet: π. ι. κ. πέφ. τῷ δ. βίᾳ codd.
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Fragments Not Assignable to any Play

Fragments Not Assignable to any Play

730

appeal in dochmiacs to Ariadne, who replies in trimeters. In fr. 730c Theseus, apparently looking forward to his struggle with the Minotaur, recalls his previous triumphs as he does at Euripides, Hippolytus 976 f and as Heracles does at Sophocles, Trachiniae 1090f. Language and style seem a little more suggestive of Sophocles than of Euripides; Sophocles is credited with both a Theseus and a Minos, though each is quoted only once. It can hardly come from Euripides, Theseus, since one would expect some coincidence with frr. 381–90 Nauck.

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The trays that contain Hecate’s suppers a . . .

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Being forced to drink is as bad a thing as being thirsty.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.sophocles-fragments_not_assignable_any_play.1996