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Joy of putting a piece into its rightful place

November 13, 2011

I was examining F22r (F22v in Kenyon) of P46 yesterday when I noticed a piece of fragment on the mid-left side of the page (about 3.1 cms). The actual fragment is now smaller than the one in Kenyon’s facsimile. The magnetic detail that caught my attention is the ink remnant (same colour as the one used in the text) of what looks like to be the second stroke of an omega. Since Kenyon’s facsimile photo in 1937 up until now, the location of this fragment remains the same. However, I find the placement of the fragment anomalous precisely because of the presence of the omega stroke, and especially considering that the left side of the page is actually the binding area already and therefore the fragment should not be expected there.  Hence, I navigated through the page and in the process further noticed that there are two instances where vertical strands of the papyrus fibre have been stripped off, both on the right side of the page, almost at the right edge of the text area margin. I immediately had the hunch that the original location of this fragment must be in one of these. But the question is which one, and so I did more attempts to discover its rightful place. But  to make the long story short, I think this small fragment was originally located on line 10, as the last character in the word παλαι[ω]–and it looks like that folks from the University of Michigan agree with my “suspicion”. Just feel very happy for this discovery!

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