The Authorship of P.Cair.Zen. 3.59308

Trevor Evans*

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The authorship of the Zenon Archive text P.Cair.Zen. 3.59308 has been a puzzle for scholars ever since its discovery almost a century ago. The papyrus is almost certainly a draft of a letter. It most likely originated from the eponymous Zenon himself, but the greeting formula has a confusing cast, at first sight apparently lacking the name of the author and presenting Zenon as a recipient. A supralinear addition to the same effect further complicates interpretation. This paper aims to resolve the problem through a reassessment of textual and contextual factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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