SHEFFIELD CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION
Sheffield Classical Association
This is a papyrus of part of Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica and I think there's a new reading lurking in it. If you look at the fourth line up, over on the right hand side, there is, what amounts to, a note in the margin, which can only be an alternative version of the line: It's –πην, a different case of a word in the transmitted text and the remains of a letter μ. I'm very excited because I'm going to see it 'face-to-face' next week in Manchester! Things might become clearer. The text of the Argonautica remains doubtful in many places, and papyri like this one warn us against over-confidence that we know exactly what an ancient author actually wrote in his text. Also, there is stuff written on the other side of this ms. and I can't, at the moment, find any reference to it in the scholarly literature. It seems to be Greek of a sort, together with a drawing of a small face! More anon maybe, when I've seen it.