Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 218

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Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 218 (P. Oxy. 218 or P. Oxy. II 218) is a historical fragment by an unknown author, written in Greek. It was discovered in Oxyrhynchus. The manuscript was written on papyrus in the form of a roll. It is dated to the third century AD. Currently it is housed in the British Library (Department of Manuscripts, 1183) in London.[1]


The document was written by an unknown copyist. It is evidently part of a collection of "marvelous stories" (παράδοξα), a genre popular in Alexandria at the time. The measurements of the fragment are 136 by 124 mm. The text is written in a small sloping uncial hand. The margin is remarkably high at the top.[2]

It was discovered by Grenfell and Hunt in 1897 in Oxyrhynchus. The text was published by Grenfell and Hunt in 1899.[2]

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  1. ^ P. Oxy. 218 at the Oxyrhynchus Online
  2. ^ a b Grenfell, B. P.; Hunt, A. S. (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri II. London: Egypt Exploration Fund. pp. 35–39. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainB. P. Grenfell; A. S. Hunt (1899). Oxyrhynchus Papyri II. London: Egypt Exploration Fund.