ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 29-32 Hexameters from Late Antiquity with a Homeric Allusion Chris Eckerman University of Oregon Abstract Edition of a sixth-century fragment of a poem with an allusion to Homer, Iliad 2.489. The hexameter poem was likely an encomium from Late Antiquity. P.Vindob. G. 42.850 H x W = ca. 29 x 7 cm VI AD Written on the recto with the fibers. Three lines of tachygraphy on the verso, also written with the fibers, in different hands, to judge from the ink. The recto preserves legible fragments of seven hexameters and illegible fragments of five more. For most of the top half of the papyrus only the vertical fibers are intact, and one more hexameter is completely gone. There is a large blank space at the bottom (ca. half the height of the sheet; not in the photo). It is unclear whether the top is preserved. The provenance is unknown. The text does not come from a codex since there is tachygraphy on the back. Since the recto has a large bottom margin and the text contains lectional aids, the preserved passage may be from a school exercise. The hand is too fluent for a pupil, however; perhaps it was a copy made by a master. The hand is sloping and roughly comparable to the hands of plates 32 and 33 (mid to late sixth century) in G. Cavallo and H. Maehler, Greek Bookhands of the Early Byzantine Period (London 1987). Given morphological forms noted in the line commentary below, the text should be classified as late antique.1 The fragment edited here makes a modest contribution to our knowledge of late antique hexametric poetry. Of particular interest are the sporadic lectional aids in the text.2 The text is likely to be 1 On late antique poetry in Egypt, see most recently L. Migudlez Cavero, Poems in Context: Greek Poetry in the Egyptian Thebaid (Berlin and New York 2008). 2 Cf. E.G. Turner, Greek Manuscripts of the Ancient World, 2nd ed. (Oxford 1987) 8-12.
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