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date: 27 November 2022

Oxyrhynchus, the historian fromlocked

Oxyrhynchus, the historian fromlocked

  • Klaus Meister


Hellenica of Oxyrhynchus: two sets of papyrus fragments found at *Oxyrhynchus in Egypt, both 2nd cent. bce: POxy.842 (London Papyrus, found in 1906, edited by Grenfell and Hunt, who named the unknown author P. = Papyrus) and PSI 1304 (Florentine Papyrus, found in 1942). Both belong to the same historical work dating from the first half of the 4th cent. bce and contain a total of about 20 pages of Greek history, with some gaps. The London Papyrus deals with the political atmosphere in Greece in 397/6, the naval war between Athens under *Conon (1) and Sparta, the conflict between *Thebes(1) and *Phocis (including a valuable excursus on the constitution of the Boeotian Confederacy (see boeotia; federal states)), and *Agesilaus' campaigns in Asia Minor. The Florentine Papyrus deals with events of the Ionian–Decelean War (final phase of the *Peloponnesian War), esp.


  • Greek History and Historiography

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