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Homeric and documentary papyri from Oxyrhynchos

Spooner, Joseph; (1991) Homeric and documentary papyri from Oxyrhynchos. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This edition of twenty-one papyri from Oxyrhynchos falls into two parts, one literary, one documentary. The literary section contains three fragments of the second book of the Iliad, one of which presents some comparatively rare speaker indications; there are also nine fragments of scholia minora to the second book of the Iliad. These pieces, though exhibiting the same sort of material, come from a wide range of contexts, from the schoolroom to the library shelf. We have tried to demonstrate the enormous and all-pervasive influence of the glossographic material with a series of testimonia not attempted before, to our knowledge, to this extent. Much of the illustrative material comes from unpublished manuscripts in London, Florence and Rome. We hope thereby to trace a continous line of development of this type of scholarship from the fifth century B.C. down to the Middle Ages. The second part of the thesis consists of nine miscellaneous documents, ranging in date from the second to the sixth century A.D. Some are of well-known and well studied types (e.g. the arrest warrant or notification of death); there are two letters, one private family letter and one from one strategos to another, providing glimpses of two very different aspects of Graeco-Roman life in Egypt; finally, there are documents of types not closely paralleled elsewhere, which are of especial interest, particularly the seed-corn receipt and the axle document, the latter securely dated to the fifth century, which has left us little in the way of papyri.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Homeric and documentary papyri from Oxyrhynchos
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Language, literature and linguistics; Social sciences; Oxyrhynchos
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10107416
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