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The Diegeseis Papyrus: Archaeological Context, Format, and Contents

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The Diegeseis papyrus preserves what is left of fourteen columns (Y, Z, I–XII) of the original roll of diegeseis (‘summaries’) of Callimachus’ oeuvre. It was unfinished in antiquity: its writer failed to go beyond Hymn 2. Although it is now missing the first half of what must have contained summaries to the first three books of the Aetia, it is essential in retrieving the framework within which Callimachus’ fragments can once more find their proper place. This paper retraces the possible archaeological links connecting the Diegeseis papyrus to the other literary papyri found by Achille Vogliano and Gilbert Bagnani in or near the cantina dei papiri at Tebtynis in 1934. Considerations about provenance, format and contents lead to suggestions about the origin and purpose of the Diegeseis papyrus, and of the text it preserves.



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