Photographic Archive of Papyri in the Cairo Museum

P.Oxy. 10 1240

Fr. 1: 15.8 x 6.5


Fragment of a comedy

(2nd century)

P.Oxy. X 1240 consists of four fragments written in a small informal upright script dating probably from the first half of the second century. Names of speakers have been inserted in the margin in a sloping cursive, apparently by a different hand; to which writer the occasional accents and marks of elision in the text are due is questionable. Frs. 1-3 contain beginnings of lines, and it is quite likely that 1 and 3 should be joined, in which case there would be a a loss of about nine lines between ll. 5 and 11, and Fr. 2 may partially fill this gap. The indentation of some lines, which indicates variety in metre, as well as the participation of the chorus in the dialogue, point clearly to a comedian of the older school.





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