Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 31

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Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 31 (P. Oxy. 31) contains two fragments of the first book of Virgil's Aeneid (457-467 and 495-507) written in Latin. It was discovered by Grenfell and Hunt in 1897 in Oxyrhynchus. The fragment is dated to the fifth century. It is housed in the Cambridge University Library. The text was published by Grenfell and Hunt in 1898.[1]

The manuscript was written on papyrus in the form of a codex. The measurements of the fragment are 66 by 54 mm. The original page was about 26 cm heigh. The text is written in a small upright semi-uncial hand. The ink is brown. Grenfell and Hunt collated the text of the fragment on the basis of the Ribbeck text (1860).[2]

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  1. ^ P. Oxy. 31 at the Oxyrhynchus Online
  2. ^ Grenfell, B. P.; Hunt, A. S. (1898). Oxyrhynchus Papyri I. London. pp. 60–61. 

 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.