Constellation Papyri

PB 57

Portion of a papyrus codex containing the Commentary on the Psalms by Didymus the Blind.
Description: P.Bodmer 57 consists of twenty-five leaves of a codex containing a commentary on the Psalms by Didymus the Blind (Codex V of the Tura papyri). Parts of the codex are dispersed in several collections. The full codex would have had at least 171 leaves. The codex is a record of the lectures of Didymus on Psalms 22-40. The Bodmer portion of the codex consists of the whole of quires 1, 3, and 4 as well as parts of quire 22. Tura Codex V is a palimpsest. The under-text, a document which was washed off, is oriented at 90 degrees to the upper text (the commentary of Didymus) and is on occasion easily visible to the naked eye, as on the upper right hand corner of the verso of leaf 3 in quire 8 (at BYU). The Bodmer leaves of Didymus are said to have been acquired by Odile Bongard in Cairo in November 1953 from the Groppi collection (Méla, Légendes des siècles, 34). P.Bodmer 57 is a portion of Tura Codex V, one of a group of papyrus codices that was found in abandoned quarries in Tura, Egypt during World War II. It was perhaps once in the Monastery of Arsenius near Tura (Koenen and Müller-Wiener, “Zu den Papyri”).
Author: Anonyme
Title: PB 57
Language: Ancient Greek (to 1453)
No of scans: 53
Type: Manuscript
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