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new ennius fragment
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 1994
From: jim ohara
Subject: NewishEnniusFrag?

Can anyone give me some information on a story that I heard about 3-4 years ago, about the longest extant fragment of Ennius being found on a papyrus? The way I remember the story was that it was on the back of another text, and that someone gave a paper (in Italy?) on the other text, and then said, "Oh by the way, the verso contains what is now our longest fragment of Ennius." I just found the story in some old lecture notes, and always figured better info would be forthcoming. I also seem to remember that the story involved someone (Janko?) having the handout from the talk pasted on his office door.

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 1994
From: Michael Haslam
Subject: Re: NewishEnniusFrag?

Jim O'Hara asks about the Ennius papyrus. It was at the International Congress of Papyrologists in Cairo, in September 1989, that Prof. Knut Kleve gave a paper in which he announced the discovery not only of Lucretius but also of Ennius among the Herculaneum papyri. This was in a session devoted to the Herculaneum papyri, attended almost exclusively by Italians. He said there were some 20-odd fragments in the Ennius bunch, all so badly damaged that the nature of the text had earlier been unclear, but now they were recognized as hexameters; he assigned them to Annales bk.6, relating them to the war with Pyrrhus. Though it didn't make much of a splash, this for me was the most exciting event of the Congress (I exclude extra-Congress activities), & I stood up and said so, & also urged him to consult immediately with the then ailing Otto Skutsch. (I gather that he did, and I'd dearly like to know what Skutsch made of it: someone may know, I don't.) Kleve showed a slide of his transcripts of the two biggest bits (both broken on all sides), which I copied and distributed to colleagues on my return to UCLA a few days later. Kleve published the Lucretius (or alleged Lucretius: there seems room for doubt to me) in the Cronache Ercolanesi 19, 1989, 5-27, & the Ennius (or alleged Ennius--but the attribution seems good to me) ib. 20, 1990 (I think: I don't have precise ref. to hand). All this is now some years old.
Culled from classics.log9401d.
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