C. Borges, C.M Sampson, New Literary Papyri from the Michigan Collection
New Literary Papyri from the Michigan Collection
Mythographic Lyric and a Catalogue of Poetic First Lines
Three new fragments from amongst the oldest Greek papyri
Cassandra Borges and C. Michael Sampson
6 x 9. 200 pgs. 9 illustrations.
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The fragments collected here are of considerable antiquity (late third to second century BCE) a fact that is significant inasmuch as it places them among the oldest Greek papyri, but all the more so because in this period, a scholarly community was thriving in Ptolemaic Alexandria, the political and cultural capital of Hellenistic Egypt. The fragments bear witness to that scholarly activity: not only is their anthology of poetic verses consistent with other scholarly selections, but the very survival of these texts may well be at least partially indebted to the work of the Alexandrians in studying and propagating Greek literature in Egypt.
This edition supplements the 1970s work of Reinhold Merkelbach and Denys Page. Recent digitizing for the APIS project revealed a previously unsuspected join with other material, however, which alone warrants a new, comprehensive edition and analysis.
Cassandra Borges is a CFD Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Classics at Bowdoin College.
C. Michael Sampson is Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Manitoba.
Image: P.Mich. inv. 3250c (recto) in the infrared spectrum (750 nm). Photo courtesy of the Ancient Textual Imaging Group, Brigham Young University.