Thursday, June 04, 2009


P. Oxy. 14.1761

A Unique Indication of Longing provoked more comment than usual.

Tim Parkin sent an image of the original publication:

Ernie Moncada wrote:
I had read Mary Beard's review of Peter Parson's book, and at the time I was much taken by the "Unique Indication of Longing" that you make mention of. I tried to think of a modern equivalent of a coprophilous sentiment and could come up with only: "From the day you left, we miss the shit out of you." I too would like to read the Greek expression.
Daniel Dockery wrote:
The Perseus Project at Tufts has P. Oxy. online; their text for 14.1761 can be found here. There is also a TEI.2 tagged XML file of the entry at this location; if you read the source of that latter link in an xml aware browser, it provides extensive detail on emendations, with indications as to reasons and certainty for the same.
The notorious sentence ("Since the day you left, we are searching for your turds, wishing to see you") in Greek is ἀφ᾽ ἧς ἀπῆλθες ἐπιζητοῦμέν σου τὰ κόπρια θέλοντές σε ἰδεῖν.

Thanks very much to all.

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