Mon, 24 Jan 1994
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?
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.