|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.
|TM Number||TM 97904|
|Contents||Exercitationes Scribendi (Vergilius, Georgica (4.1–2); De Laboribus Herculis)|
Script of fragment a, written along the fibres, is expert calligraphic cursive: noteworthy are the forms of G and Q with the tails swinging to the right; B has the ancient cursive form; ꝺ has the uncial form; L extends below the line at an obtuse angle; M is made with four oblique strokes; the oblique stroke of N swings well above the line; O often very tiny, a Greek feature; the second stroke of S is often a straight horizontal; the bottom of U is angular; the uprights of I, L, and U are topped by serifs. On fragment b in a contemporary, somewhat more cursive script sloping to the right are four lines of an unidentified, manifestly literary text, beginning '-limus vel ipsa nobis'. On the lower part of fragment b is a writing exercise, probably by the same hand as those of the recto, which begins 'Nulliummulli'.
☛CLA date change from saec. II ex, cf. Scappaticcio.
|Last modified||21 June 2017|