ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 11-14
A Fragment of Homer, Iliad 21 in
the Newberry Library, Chicago
Sofia Torallas Tovar CSIC, Madrid and
Klaas A. Worp Leiden University
Edition of a later Ptolemaic fragment of Homer, Iliad 21.567-581,
written on the back of a document.
By chance, a search on www.trismegistos.org/collections for papyrus collections within the United States made us aware of the existence of a small
manuscript collection in the Newberry Library, Chicago (see www.newberry.
org). Upon closer scrutiny, this collection turned out to contain not only three
Latin texts published in CLA (9.1337, 11.1649, Add. 2.1869) but also two unpublished Greek papyri numbered Greek Ms 1 and 3.1 The first of these contains a literary text, and it is this text that we publish below.2 The other text
contains a document, and we intend to come back to it at a later occasion.
Greek Ms 1 (ORMS 55) Arsinoite nome?
W 16.4 x H. 12.4 cm 2nd-1st cent. BCE
Fragment of the upper part of a column written probably on a loose sheet
of papyrus which contains 15 fragmentary lines of book 21 of the Iliad. The
upper and the right-hand margins are preserved, resp. 2.4 cm high and 3.2 cm
wide. The text is written parallel to the fibres in a bilinear uncial with serifs
executed somewhat irregularly. Only the phi of line 569 slightly exceeds the bilinearity on the upper part. The interlinear space is maintained only unevenly,
and there are a couple of supralinear corrections, probably in a second hand.
There are neither diacritics nor punctuation markers. The use of iota adscript
RecID=143385 and 160666
2 We are grateful to the Newberry Library, and to Mrs. Martha Briggs, Lloyd Lewis
Curator of Midwest Manuscripts, for granting permission to publish this papyrus fragment here.