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Again The Orestes Musical Papyrus

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Much has been written about the very early papyrus fragment of Orestes 338-44 with musical notation. The most recent discussion by Elena Marino variously invites a riposte. The lineation of P. Vind. is actually such that the notation here schematically represented by the symbol (#) appears not at the beginning but always in the middle of a line, following the first of a pair of dochmii. It is easy enough to account for the wrong πορεύων. This chapter knows that χορέυων is actually the reading in one ms (G), justifying Diggle's acceptance of it in the new Oxford Text. Misinterpretation of 338 as 'your mother's blood which maddens you' will have been all too easy, and will have necessitated construction of αἷ µα with a different verb.

Keywords: Orestes; musical papyrus; new Oxford Text



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