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The twenty odes by Bacchylides are arranged in thirty-nine columns, either complete or imperfect; the number of lines for each column varies from thirty-two to thirty-six. Detached fragments are housed in...

Papyrus 733 : 2nd century

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    The twenty odes by Bacchylides are arranged in thirty-nine columns, either complete or imperfect; the number of lines for each column varies from thirty-two to thirty-six. Detached fragments are housed in a separate frame (Papyrus 733 (5)), most of them belonging to four further columns to be placed before the first column of Papyrus 733 (1).

    Columns 1-29: Epinicians.

    Papyrus 733 (1) Col. 1- Col. 2, line 11: End of Ode 1 (from v. 139) for Argeius of Ceos; portions of the rest of the Ode are contained in the fragments housed in Papyrus 733(5).

    Col. 2, lines 12-25: Ode 2 for Argeius of Ceos;

    Col. 2, line 26 - Col. 5, line 21: Ode 3 for Hieron of Syracuse;

    Col. 5, line 22 - Col. 6, line 8: Ode 4 for Hieron of Syracuse;

    Col. 6, line 9 - Col. 12, line 13: Ode 5 for Hieron of Syracuse;

    Col. 12, lines 14-29: Ode 6 for Lachon of Ceos;

    Col. 12, line 30 - Papyrus 733 (2) Col. 13, line 15: remains of Ode 7 for Lachon of Ceos;

    Col. 13, lower fragment- Col. 14, line 16: Ode 8 for Liparion of Ceos (?);

    Col. 14, line 17 - Col. 17, line 16: Ode 9 for Automedes of Phlius;

    Col. 17, line 17 - Col. 19, line 3: Ode 10 for an Athenian;

    Col. 19, line 4 - Col. 22, line 26: Ode 11 for Alexidamus of Metapontion;

    Col. 22, lines 27-34: remains of Ode 12 (vv. 1-8) for Teisias of Aegina;

    Papyrus 733 (3) Col. 23 - Col. 29, line 12: Ode 13 for Pytheas of Aegina;

    Col. 29, lines 13 - 35: vv. 1-23 of Ode 14 for Cleoptolemus of Thessaly;

    Columns 30 - 39: Dithyrambs.

    Papyrus 733 (4) Col. 30 - Col. 31, line 27: Ode 15 = Dith. 1, The Sons of Antenor, or The Demand for Helen's Return;

    Col. 31, line 28 - Col. 32, line 27: Ode 16 = Dith. 2, Heracles (or Deianeira?), for the Delphians;

    Col. 32, line 28 -Col. 36, line 19: Ode 17 = Dith. 3, Youths, or Theseus;

    Col. 36, line 20 - Col. 38, line 8: Ode 18 = Dith. 4, Theseus [for the Athenians];

    Col. 38, line 9 - Col. 39, line 24: Ode 19 = Dith. 5, Io: for the Athenians;

    Col. 39, line 25 - End: vv. 1-11 of Ode 20 = Dith. 6, Idas: for the Lacedaemonians;

    Papyrus 733 (5): Detached fragments of various sizes, mostly belonging to the first four - otherwise lost - columns that contained the rest of Ode 1 (i.e. fragments 1(a-b), 5(a-b), 6, 13, 15, 16, 24, 28, 34, 39, 40); fragments 2, 9, 14 are either Dithyrambs or Epinicians; fragments 11 and 22 belong to Ode 14b for Aristoteles of Larisa. The four unnumbered fragments on the right-hand side of the frame are not part of the text.

  • Collection Area: Western Manuscripts
  • Reference: Papyrus 733
  • Creation Date: 2nd century
  • Extent and Access:
    Extent:

    Fragments of various sizes from a papyrus roll, written on one side along the fibres; thirty-nine columns survive, with fragments of four additional columns to be placed before the first one preserved in Papyrus 733 (1); each columns has an average of 34-35 lines and measures c. 175 x 110 mm; twenty odes are preserved, seven of which are perfect or nearly so; substantial portions of eight remain; mere fragments of five survive. Accents, breathings, punctuation and other writing aids were supplied by the four hands which intervened in the text; paragraphoi are also usually noted. PSI XII 1278 contains further fragments of the text.


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  • Language: Greek, Ancient
  • Contents and Scope:
    Contents:

    The twenty odes by Bacchylides are arranged in thirty-nine columns, either complete or imperfect; the number of lines for each column varies from thirty-two to thirty-six. Detached fragments are housed in a separate frame (Papyrus 733 (5)), most of them belonging to four further columns to be placed before the first column of Papyrus 733 (1).

    Columns 1-29: Epinicians.

    Papyrus 733 (1) Col. 1- Col. 2, line 11: End of Ode 1 (from v. 139) for Argeius of Ceos; portions of the rest of the Ode are contained in the fragments housed in Papyrus 733(5).

    Col. 2, lines 12-25: Ode 2 for Argeius of Ceos;

    Col. 2, line 26 - Col. 5, line 21: Ode 3 for Hieron of Syracuse;

    Col. 5, line 22 - Col. 6, line 8: Ode 4 for Hieron of Syracuse;

    Col. 6, line 9 - Col. 12, line 13: Ode 5 for Hieron of Syracuse;

    Col. 12, lines 14-29: Ode 6 for Lachon of Ceos;

    Col. 12, line 30 - Papyrus 733 (2) Col. 13, line 15: remains of Ode 7 for Lachon of Ceos;

    Col. 13, lower fragment- Col. 14, line 16: Ode 8 for Liparion of Ceos (?);

    Col. 14, line 17 - Col. 17, line 16: Ode 9 for Automedes of Phlius;

    Col. 17, line 17 - Col. 19, line 3: Ode 10 for an Athenian;

    Col. 19, line 4 - Col. 22, line 26: Ode 11 for Alexidamus of Metapontion;

    Col. 22, lines 27-34: remains of Ode 12 (vv. 1-8) for Teisias of Aegina;

    Papyrus 733 (3) Col. 23 - Col. 29, line 12: Ode 13 for Pytheas of Aegina;

    Col. 29, lines 13 - 35: vv. 1-23 of Ode 14 for Cleoptolemus of Thessaly;

    Columns 30 - 39: Dithyrambs.

    Papyrus 733 (4) Col. 30 - Col. 31, line 27: Ode 15 = Dith. 1, The Sons of Antenor, or The Demand for Helen's Return;

    Col. 31, line 28 - Col. 32, line 27: Ode 16 = Dith. 2, Heracles (or Deianeira?), for the Delphians;

    Col. 32, line 28 -Col. 36, line 19: Ode 17 = Dith. 3, Youths, or Theseus;

    Col. 36, line 20 - Col. 38, line 8: Ode 18 = Dith. 4, Theseus [for the Athenians];

    Col. 38, line 9 - Col. 39, line 24: Ode 19 = Dith. 5, Io: for the Athenians;

    Col. 39, line 25 - End: vv. 1-11 of Ode 20 = Dith. 6, Idas: for the Lacedaemonians;

    Papyrus 733 (5): Detached fragments of various sizes, mostly belonging to the first four - otherwise lost - columns that contained the rest of Ode 1 (i.e. fragments 1(a-b), 5(a-b), 6, 13, 15, 16, 24, 28, 34, 39, 40); fragments 2, 9, 14 are either Dithyrambs or Epinicians; fragments 11 and 22 belong to Ode 14b for Aristoteles of Larisa. The four unnumbered fragments on the right-hand side of the frame are not part of the text.



    Physical characteristics:

    Material: Papyrus.

    Dimensions: Papyrus 733 (1) 245 x 1425 mm; Papyrus 733 (2) 245 x 1325 mm; Papyrus 733 (3) 245 x 660 mm; Papyrus 733 (4) 245 x 1030 mm. Papyrus 733 (5): Fragments of various sizes. Housed in five glass frames measuring 395 x 1610 mm, 395 x 1485 mm, 395 x 895 mm, 395 x 1260 mm, 270 x 370 mm respectively.

    Script: Severe-style hand, elegant and accurate. Various hands intervened in the text: the first, which wrote the odes, also made a few corrections, by amending the end of some words and in a few cases some graver mistakes and by adding a few letters previously omitted; the second scribe amended some small errors, such as omissions, and added the titles for Odes 2, 19, 20. The third scribe’s intervention is considerable: he added most of the titles (but not that of Ode 5), supplied verses previously omitted, but was also responsible for false corrections; scribe 4 supplied two passages.


  • History:
    Custodial History:

    Origin: Egypt.

    Provenance: Moirai, Hermopolite nome, Egypt. Purchased with Papyri 734-735 from E. M. Emerson on 14 May 1897.


  • Former Identifiers: P.Lond. III 733 descr.; P.Lond.Lit 46
  • Digital Version: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Papyrus_733
  • Publications:

    Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1894-1899 (London: British Museum 1901), p. 543.

    Greek Papyri in the British Museum III (London: British Museum 1907), p. XXIX, no. 733 descr.

    F. G. Kenyon, The Poems of Bacchylides from a Papyrus in the British Museum (London: The Trustees of the British Museum 1897).

    The Poems of Bacchylides. Facsimile of Papurus DCCXXXIII in the British Museum (London: The Trustees of the British Museum 1897).

    F. Blass, Bacchylidis Carmina cum Fragmentis (Lipsiae: B. G. Teubner 1 1898, 2 1899, 3 1904).

    E. d'Eichthal, T. Reinach, Poèmes choisis de Bacchylide (Paris: Leroux 1898).

    N. Festa, Le odi e i frammenti di Bacchilide (Firenze: G. Barbèra 1898).

    H. Jurenka, Die neugefundenen Lieder des Bakchylides. Text, Übersetzung und Commentar (Wien: A. Hölder 1898).

    R. C. Jebb, Bacchylides. The Poems and Fragments (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1905).

    G. Suess, Bacchylidis carmina cum fragmentis edidit Fridericus Blass. Editionem quartam curavit Guilelmus Suess (Lipsiae: B. G. Teubner 1912).

    E. A. Wallis Budge, By Nile and Tigris: A Narrative of Journeys in Egypt and Mesopotamia on Behalf of the British Museum Between the Years 1886 and 1913 , 2 vols (London: J. Murray 1920) vol. 2, pp. 345-355.

    J. M. Edmonds, ‘Some Notes on the Great Bacchylides Papyrus’, The Classical Review 37 (1923), pp. 148-149.

    W. Schubart, Griechische Paläographie (München: C.H. Beck, 1925), p. 127.

    H. J. M. Milne, Catalogue of the Literary Papyri in the British Museum (London: The Trustees 1927), pp. 35-36, no. 46

    B. Snell, Bacchylidis carmina cum fragmentis / post Fr. Blass et Guil. Suess (Lipsiae: B. G. Teubner 5 1934, 6 1949, 7 1958, 8 1961).

    M. Norsa, La scrittura letteraria greca dal secolo IV A.C. all'VIII D.C (Firenze: C. Calderini 1939), p. 21.

    M. Norsa, ‘Due frammenti fiorentini del papiro di Bacchilide P. Brit. Mus. 733’, Annali della R. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Lettere, Storia e Filosofia Serie II , Vol. 10 (1941), pp. 155-163.

    Papiri greci e latini XII (Firenze: Felice Le Monnier 1951), pp. 121-134, no. 1278.

    J. Oates, ‘Bacchylides’ Fifth Ode’, The Classical World 57 (1963), p. 102.

    H. Maehler, Bacchylidis carmina cum fragmentis post Brunonem Snell . 9 th ed. (Leipzig: B. G. Teubner 1970), pp. 1-72.

    E. G. Turner, Greek Manuscripts of the Ancient World (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1971), p. 24.

    G. Cavallo, ‘Note sulla scrittura greca libraria dei papiri’, Scriptorium 26 (1972), pp. 71-76.

    J. Irigoin, J. Duchemin, L. Bardollet, Bacchylide. Dithyrambes, Épinicies, Fragments (Paris: Les Belles Lettres 1993).

    G. Bastianini, ‘Tipologie dei rotoli e problem di ricostruzione’, in Atti del V Seminario Internazionale di Papirologia (Lecce 27-29 giugno 1994). Papyrologica Lupiensia 4 (Galatina Lecce: Congedo 1995), pp. 21-42 (pp. 36-41).

    H. Maehler, Bacchylidis carmina cum fragmentis . 10 th ed. (Leipzig: B. G. Teubner 2003).

    G. Cavallo, La scrittura greca e latina dei papiri: una introduzione (Pisa: F. Serra 2008), p. 107.

    H. Maehler, Bacchylidis carmina cum fragmentis . 11 th ed. (Leipzig: B. G. Teubner 2012).


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