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Oxyrhynchus: A City and its Texts, Virtual Exhibition: Scribes and Scholars

Archilochus, Epoidoi (The Fox and the Eagle): Second century AD

Two fragments bearing a text identified as Archilochus’ fable of the fox and the eagle, a literary complement to the stamped decoration on the base of a vase. The text has been annotated in the margin in a later, cursive hand. There are later versions of the fable by Aesop, Phaedrus and Babrius. A fable of the last also survives on another Oxyrhynchus papyrus, as well as an anonymous Latin fable about the dog who saw his own reflection while crossing a stream.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. XXII nos. 2315