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Artemidorus fr. 21 Stiehle and its Relationship to the Artemidorus Papyrus

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The Turin papyrus (P. Artemid.) contains a section of Artemidorus fr. 21 (Stiehle), whose text had made its way through the lost complete version of Stephanus' Ethnica (c. 520 AD) into the medieval compilation De administrando imperio, executed under Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus in the tenth century. A correct interpretation of the textual differences between these two texts is of crucial importance for the debate on the authenticity of the papyrus. The present article offers a new explanation of these differences. The common view that all Artemidorus fragments in Stephanus derive from Marcianus' Artemidorus epitome, and none is a direct excerpt from the original version of Artemidorus' text, has to be given up. The differences between the papyrus and the medieval Artemidorus tradition appear to be due not to Marcianus' epitomizing (c. 400 AD or later), but to the results of editorial changes in a text whose form was identical, or very close, to the original version of Artemidorus' Geographumena and does not derive from Marcianus, who would have updated its geographical content. The most important changes are due to Stephanus.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2012

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