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Title tag: Commentary on Simonidea: Second century AD

Sillybos or title-tag for a commentary (hypomnema) on a book entitled simply Simonidea. The monogram abbreviation hyp(omnema) also appears in (d), and in a title (probably also a sillybos) for a commentary on book 4 of the poet Alcman (Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 2392). E. Lobel thought that ‘Simonidea’ might be taken to mean various poems of Simonides. But the normal title for a commentary on these would be Hypomnema on Poems of Simonides (Simonidou melon hupomnema). R. Pfeiffer argued that the title was for a popular exposition of the collection of proverbs known as ‘Sayings of Simonides’. A comparison is provided by Example 4.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. XXV no. 2433

Example 4