Plutarch's Sympotic Forge and a Variant Reading in P.Oxy. LXXVIII 5156

James Brusuelas, Chiara Meccariello

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P.Oxy. LXVIII 5156, a second century witness to Plutarch's Quaestiones Convivales, reads instead of the mediaeval manuscripts' at 660 c 7. The passage suggests a parallel between the effect of conversation on wine drinking and that of marble on heated iron during a puzzling metallurgical process. In this paper we identify and explain this process in the context of ancient ironworking technology, and discuss the two readings and their implications for the understanding of the simile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages16
JournalArchiv fur Papyrusforschung und Verwandte Gebiete
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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  • Plutarch
  • metallurgy
  • papyri
  • simile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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