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Aeschylus' SupplicesPlay and Trilogy (second edition)$
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A. F. Garvie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675365

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675365.001.0001

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The Papyrus

The Papyrus

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(p.1) Chapter 1 The Papyrus
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Aeschylus' Supplices
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A.F. Garvie

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675365.003.0001

This chapter analyses Oxyrhynchus Papyri 2256 fr. 3, a subject of controversy among scholars. It compares the fragment with fr. 2, noting a number of resemblances. Probably written in the late second or early third century ad, the work could be the didascalia of a play of Aeschylus. The last few lines were corrupted, yet the information contained in the second to fourth lines is very clear and straightforward and implies that Aeschylus defeated Sophocles. The chapter also considers attempts to determine whether another interpretation of the papyrus is plausible, or even possible. It cites the argument that the Supplices does not belong to the same tetralogy as the Danaids and Amymone.

Keywords:   play, Oxyrhynchus Papyri, fragment, didascalia, Aeschylus, Sophocles, papyrus, Supplices, Danaids, Amymone

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