The significance of the Oxyrhynchus hoard of mostly ancient Greek papyri (Ancient Anadin, Ed 28.1, p.14) goes far beyond recipes for early analgesics. Most of the new material uncovered – shopping lists and other items relevant to everyday life – has been of interest primarily to social historians, but previously unknown discoveries include apocryphal texts and several poems by Saplo (?) Uncovering a lost tragedy by Aeschylus or Sophocles remains a tantalizing possibility, but the hoard is potentially of enormous value to classicists, historians, theologians and archaeologists alike.

Pieceing together the vast number of fragments has been fortunately slow, but the technology now exists to speed-up the listing of related fragments prior to translating. Are full use n=being made of these new opportunities? Perhaps Google could help, although first we would need to know more about the agreement the American behemoth has signed with the University a propos the copying of the Bodleian archives. Or is Google (secretly) involved?

Paul Arthur
(Brasenose, 1977)