Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 124

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Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 124 (P. Oxy. 124 or P. Oxy. I 124) is a student's composition, written in Greek and discovered in Oxyrhynchus. The manuscript was written on papyrus in the form of a sheet. The document was written in the 3rd century. Currently it is housed in the library of Winchester College in Winchester.[1]


The verso side of the document contains a student's exercise. The recto side contains part of a 2nd- or 3rd-century account. The exercise on the verso is written in a large and sprawling uncial hand. It is the beginning of a report on Adrastus, a legendary king of Argos. The measurements of the fragment are 80 by 137 mm.[2]

It was discovered by Grenfell and Hunt in 1897 in Oxyrhynchus. The text was published by Grenfell and Hunt in 1898.[2]


Adrastus, king of Argos, married one of his own rank and had two daughters, Deïpyle and Aegialia, who, though not ugly, were unlucky as to marriage; for no suitors offered themselves. Adrastus therefore sent to Delphi and inquired the cause.[2]

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  1. ^ P. Oxy. 124 at the Oxyrhynchus Online
  2. ^ a b c Grenfell, B. P.; Hunt, A. S. (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri I. London: Egypt Exploration Fund. pp. 191–2. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainB. P. Grenfell; A. S. Hunt (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri I. London: Egypt Exploration Fund.