Sophocles in Afghanistan

S. Douglas Olson

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Abstract

In 1977, French excavations at Aï Khanoum in north-east Afghanistan- A foundation of Antiochus I Sotēr and subsequently one of the major cities of the Greco-Bactrian kingdom-of a building dating to shortly before the destruction of the place in 145 b.c.e. uncovered inter alia the remains of a papyrus and a parchment document. The papyrus text, dated by Cavallo on the basis of its letterforms to the mid third century b.c.e., preserved a fragment of a philosophical dialogue seemingly to be associated with the Peripatetic school. The second document consisted of two separate portions of a piece of parchment roughly assigned on the basis of its letterforms to the second half of the third or the first half of the second century b.c.e.; as also in the case of the papyrus, the letters survived not on the parchment itself but impressed upon the hardened dirt that surrounded it. Only column II of the original editors' 'Texte 2a' (the more substantial of the two parchment fragments) contains a significant amount of text, which appears in neither TrGF nor PCG. I present it here without regard to standard editorial niceties, which are rendered impossible by the desperate state of the original document, now almost certainly lost, and the nature of the original publication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)898-901
Number of pages4
JournalClassical Quarterly
Volume69
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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