ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 44 (2007) 23-26
P.Vindob. G 26079: A Parchment Codex
Fragment of LXX Ecclesiastes 1:14-171
Lincoln Blumell University of Toronto
Edition of a fifth-century fragment of a small parchment codex that
contained (at least) the book of Ecclesiastes in Greek.
This triangular fragment (H x W= 4.5 x 3.5 cm) preserves the top corner of
a page from a small parchment codex that contained the book of Ecclesiastes.2
On the front side (hair side) the upper outside corner of the page is missing
with the tear running diagonally from this corner down to the left margin
about two thirds of the way down the page. No pagination can be detected on
the front side of the fragment, although it is possible that it was placed in the
upper outside corner that is missing. On the back side (flesh side) of the fragment in the upper inside corner an q is readily visible above the first line of text.
Given its placement in the interior margin it is unlikely that it represents the
page number since pagination was usually placed either in the center or outside edge of the upper margin.3 It is therefore more likely that the q represents
the quire number since such "gathering numbers" were placed in the upper
inside margin.4 However, given that most remains of miniature Greek codices
1 I studied the fragment from photos during the Papyrological Summer Institute
at the University of Cincinnati in 2005. I would like to thank Dr. Cornelia R6mer for
looking at the original and providing help with the transcription.
2 It was acquired by the Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek in 1881-1884.
3 E.G. Turner, The Typology of the Early Codex (Philadelphia 1977) 76-77. For a paginated fragment of a miniature codex of 6 Ezra with accompanying discussion of the
page numbering see P.Oxy. 7.1010 (IV AD). In this fragment, the pagination is placed
in the center of the upper margin and contains a supralinear stroke. If the q on the back
side of the present fragment represents the page number it would mean that the preceding seven pages contained the first fifteen verses of Ecclesiastes, which is not unrealistic
given that the codex appears to have contained about two verses per page.
4 Turner (n. 3) 77-78. He notes that in instances where quire numbers are placed in
the upper inside margins they may be accompanied by page numbers, which usally tend