Updates to the Posidippus Epigrams from Classics@1

January 2016 marks the latest update to Classics@ Issue 1: New Epigrams Attributed to Posidippus of Pella: a new version (1.8 MB PDF download) of the text of the Posidippus Epigrams, updated by Martine Cuypers of Trinity College, Dublin.
The Posidippus Epigrams were preserved in a papyrus that had been thrown out as scrap and then used as wrapping for a mummy. Discovered by tombraiders, the papyrus was brought into Europe, where it appeared on the antiquities market in the 1990s and was purchased by an Italian bank representing the University of Milan. Now christened the “Milan papyrus,” it was first published in 2001. Ever since, the papyrus has garnered the interest of the scholarly community, providing a window into the culture and tastes of the third century BCE while raising questions as to the proportion of the poems that can actually be attributed to the “real” Posidippus.
This latest update does well to demonstrate a proof of concept in online publishing, namely, the ability to maintain a continuously evolving work-in-progress. While the editio princeps serves as a basis, the text can be re-explored and re-examined online in light of ongoing scholarly restoration. To find more information about Issue 1, including an introduction to Posidippus, translations of the epigrams in multiple languages, and previous versions of the papyrus, visit Classics@ on the CHS website.
For further inquiry into Posidippus in context, Professor Gregory Nagy has devoted his most recent Classical Inquiries posts to tracing the echoes of Sappho in Posiddipus’ epigrams. See particularly 2016.01.072015.12.032015.11.19, and 2015.07.08.