ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 44 (2007) 229-231
Tatiana Gammacurta, Papyrologica scaenica. I copioni teatrali nella
tradizione papiracea. Hellenica 20. Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso,
2006. vii + 294 pages. ISBN 88-7694-919-4.
In this study, based on her 2006 doctoral thesis at the Universith Cattolica
del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Gammacurta (hereafter G.) catalogues and analyzes
the Greek papyri of dramatic texts which show evidence of use in performance.
The work is divided into two parts: a study of the available papyrological evidence (pp. 1-235), and a summary and discussion of the material (pp. 239 -276). A brief conclusion and an appendix analyzing two musical papyri (P Oxy.
53.3705 and P.Cair.Zen. 4.59533) round off the work (pp. 277-281).
The catalogue in the first part groups the available evidence into three
(1) ten papyri containing actors' sigla (P. Oxy. 3.413; PHibeh 2.180; MPER
NS 3.22; PSI 10.1176; PRyl. 3.484; P.Berol. inv. 13876; P.Berol. inv. 21119;
P. Vars. 2; PLond.Lit. 97; and POxy. 27.2458).
(2) two papyri containing stage directions (PHamb. 2.120 and POxy.
(3) eleven musical papyri, with accompaniment mainly to tragedy
(P.Vindob. inv. G 2315; PLeid. inv. 510; P.Vindob. inv. G 29825; ROxy. inv. 89
B/31, 33; ROslo inv. 1413; POxy. 25.2436; P.Mich. inv. 2958; PYale inv. 4510;
P.Berol. inv. 6870; POxy. 44.3161; and POxy. 44.3162).
The texts are presented chronologically within each category, with the
exception ofnos. 1 and 13, which are given first within their categories because
of their importance. The dates of the texts range from the first half of the third
century BCE to the third century CE. The preponderance (if one can use that
word, given such a depressingly small corpus of texts spread over such a long
time span) comes from the Roman period. Each text is prefaced with a useful
outline giving its name and number; its catalogue number in MP3 and LDAB;
date and place of provenance; material and format; dimensions; lay-out of the
text; palaeographical features; typology of the text; genre; content; and bibliography. Editions, photos, and studies are arranged here alphabetically rather
than chronologically, which is something of a nuisance for anyone wishing to
track the ongoing discussion of a particular text. This is followed by an introduction to the text, the text itself, and analysis and discussion.
There are some methodological problems with this strict division into
three categories because at least three of the texts cited show more than one
type of notation. While only two papyri are listed in group 2 in the catalogue
as texts with stage directions, POxy. 3.413, P.Berol. inv. 13876, and PLond.Lit.