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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 563 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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TIM 0.MP-I eU.W FYI W I Doll )-CTO ITO zrtN %,TO tT1 ee-e-W C c~ ce--Tcu ereru rrcL Ji N ATTOTt(C k7TO rTT F-e-&J EAd I co NI (—EV 7rTOXEeiaL& EUEpye- - tWL KaL 11 TOUTov yuP- -U TOU'TAWS WS ETW --ererrypac/mv afro T1ts- -auTov 7re&Ea Ottawa—) As evidence in support of this view that the uncial hand of the vellum MSS. is to be traced back to the period of the document just quoted, we have the important papyrus found by Mr Flinders Petrie at Hawara in Egypt, and now in the Bodleian Library, which contains a portion of the second book of the Iliad. The writing is of the large uncial type under consideration; and there is now full reason for assigning it to the and century at latest. Before the discovery of the document of the year 88 there was nothing to give a clue to the real period of the Homer; and now the date which has been suggested is corroborated by a fragment of papyrus from Oxyrhynchus inscribed with some lines from the same book of the Iliad (fig: 11) in the same large uncial type (Ox. Pap. vol. i. no. ao, pl. v.). In this latter instance there can be no question of the early date of the writing as on the verso of the papyrus accounts of the end of the and century or of the beginning of the 3rd century have been subsequently added. Yet a third example of the same character has more recently been found at Tebtunis (Tebt. Pap. vol. ii. no. 265, pl. i.): again a considerable fragment of the second book of the Iliad. ,u Thus, then, in the 1st and and centuries there was in use a large uncial hand which was evidently the forerunner of the literary uncial hand of the early vellum codices. It is also to be noted that the literary examples just mentioned are MSS. of Homer; and hence one is tempted to suggest that, as in the production of sumptuous copies on papyrus of a work of such universal popularity and veneration as the Iliad this large and handsome uncial was specially employed, so also the use of a
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