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Title tag: Commentary on Aristophanea: Second century AD

Sillybos or title-tag for a commentary (hypomnema) on a book entitled Aristophanea. Presumably these were points of interpretation or discussion on the plays of the fifth century Athenian comic dramatist Aristophanes (or alternatively on the work of the third century grammarian and scholar Aristophanes of Byzantium). In the first line, the last three letters of the author’s name can be read, perhaps [Aristarch]os ([Aristar]khou | Arist[o]phaneion). In the last line, the number six has been written (normally this would express a book number), followed by the monogram abbreviation hyp(omnema).

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