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Volume / Number: 11 / 1646

CLA 1646
  • Berkeley, Calif. USA University of California Berkeley, Bancroft Library UC 1422 [school text]
  • Berkeley, Calif. USA University of California Berkeley, Bancroft Library UC 3010 [school text]
Script Cursive Capital
Date II²–III¹ (151 - 250)
Origin and Provenance

Origin uncertain, presumably Egypt. Found in Egypt at the site of the ancient city of Tebtunis by the University of California expedition in 1899–1900. Numbered P. Tebt. 686. Now in the University of California Library at Berkeley.

CLA Vol. 11
TM Number TM 97904
Support Papyrus
Contents Exercitationes Scribendi (Vergilius, Georgica (4.1–2)).
Script Commentary

Script, written across the fibres by a skilful hand, is bold cursive capital sloping distinctly to the left and recalling London Papyrus 229, the record of the sale of a slave in 166: the foot of L frequently descends obliquely to the right; the middle stroke of N, instead of being oblique, tops the two uprights, the whole resembling Greek π; O is tiny, sometimes shrivelling to a mere dot; Q is cursive with its tail descending to the right below the line; R is cursive; the uprights of I, L, and U are topped by serifs. Running in the reverse direction on both fragments are accounts in smaller cursive capital sloping to the right: B has the ancient cursive form; G is cursive with its tail turning sharply to the right and not below the line; H is angular; M is made in four strokes; the tail of Q is boldly swung to the right; R is cursive; U makes an acute angle.


☛CLA date change from saec. II ex, cf. Scappaticcio.

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