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Fragments 58-59

The “Tithonus Poem”

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ὔμμες πεδὰ Μοίσαν ἰ]ο̣κ[ό]λ̣πων κάλα δῶρα, παῖδες,
σπουδάσδετε καὶ τὰ]ν̣ φιλάοιδον λιγύραν χελύνναν·
ἔμοι δ’ ἄπαλον πρίν] π̣οτ̣’ [ἔ]ο̣ντα χρόα γῆρας ἤδη
4.ἐπέλλαβε, λεῦκαι δ’ ἐγ]ένοντο τρίχες ἐκ μελαίναν·
βάρυς δέ μ’ ὀ [θ]ῦμο̣ς̣ πεπόηται, γόνα δ’ [ο]ὐ φέροισι,
τὰ δή ποτα λαίψηρ’ ἔον ὄρχησθ’ ἴσα νεβρίοισι.
τὰ <μὲν> στεναχίσδω θαμέως· ἀλλὰ τί κεν ποείην;
8.ἀγήραον ἄνθρωπον ἔοντ’ οὐ δύνατον γένεσθαι.
καὶ γάρ π̣[ο]τ̣α̣ Τίθωνον ἔφαντο βροδόπαχυν Αὔων
ἔρῳ φ̣. . α̣θ̣ε̣ισαν βάμεν’ εἰς ἔσχατα γᾶς φέροισα[ν,
ἔοντα̣ [κ]ά̣λ̣ο̣ν καὶ νέον, ἀλλ’ αὖτον ὔμως ἔμαρψε
12.χρόνῳ π̣ό̣λ̣ι̣ο̣ν̣ γῆρας, ἔχ̣[ο]ν̣τ̣’ ἀθανάταν ἄκοιτιν.⊗

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Lines Preceding “The Tithonus poem” in the Cologne Papyrus 1

]. . .[
].υχ. .[
]νῦν θ̣αλ[ί]α̣ π̣α̣[ρέστω
4.]. ν̣έρθε δὲ γᾶς περ̣[ίσχ]ο̣ι
κλέος μέγα Μοίσει]ο̣ν ἔχο̣ι̣σαν γέρας ὠς̣ [ἔ]ο̣ικε̣ν̣,
πάντᾳ δέ με θαυμά]ζοιεν, ὠς νῦν ἐπὶ γᾶς ἔοισαν
κάλεισι χελίδω] λιγύ̣ρ̣αν, [α]ἴ̣ κεν ἔλοισα πᾶκτιν
8.ἢ βάρβιτον ἢ τάνδε χε]λύ̣ν̣ν̣αν̣ ̣θαλάμοισ’ ἀείδω.⊗

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Lines Preceding “The Tithonus poem” in the Oxford Papyrus 2

5.]ύ̣γοισα̣[
].[..]..[ ] ι̣ δάχθην
]χ̣υ θ[.]ο̣ι̣[.]αλλ[…….]ύταν
8.]. χθο.[.]ατί.[…..]εισα
]μένα ταν[….ώ]νυμόν σε̣
]νι θῆται στ[ύ]μα[τι] πρόκοψιν. ⊗

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lines following “the Tithonus Poem” in The Cologne Papyrus

The 13 lines that appear at this spot in Π1 are not in Aeolic verse, and are almost certainly not Sappho. You can see them at Obbink 2009, 13.

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Lines following “the Tithonus Poem” in the Oxford Papyrus 3

]ιμέναν νομίσδει
]αις ὀπάσδοι
ἔγω δὲ φίλημμ’ ἀβροσύναν,      ]τοῦτο καί μοι
τὸ λά[μπρον ἔρος τὠελίω καὶ τὸ κά]λον λέ[λ]ογχε.

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Fragment 59: Continuation of the Oxford Papyrus 4

ἐπιν[                               ].[…]νό.[
φίλει . [
καιν[

  1. Reconstructed by West 2005.

  2. Also called “The Success Poem.” Obbink 2009, 11.

  3. Obbink 2009, 13. Lardinois (in Greene & Skinner 2009) 48 thinks these four lines belong to the end of the Tithonus poem. Campbell places these lines at F. 58 vv. 23-26.

  4. Obbink 2009, 14. Source: P.Oxy.1787 fr. 2, 2-4 and fr. 1, 26. Hammerstaedt (in Greene and Skinner 2009) 24: It is inconclusive if the lines traditionally identified as Fragment 59 are a new poem or not.

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Source: https://digitalsappho.org/fragments/fr58-59/