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

Anon., (Duris?), History of Sicily: Middle first century BC

Five consecutive columns from an anonymous history of Sicily under Agathocles. The text is assigned by some to the Hellenistic historian Duris (but it is not included in Jacoby’s edition of his fragments). The papyrus and its script are notable for its early date. Letter-shapes and decoration suggest a date before the Augustan period. Note that the lines of the columns drift progressively further to the left, a feature familiar in books on papyrus. At ends of lines, letters are clumsily crowded-in so as to produce an even margin.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. XXIV no. 2399