P.Vindob. G 26079: A Parchment Codex Fragment of LXX Ecclesiastes 1:14–17


Papyra, bibilical studies, history of religion, biblical studies


Edition of a fifth-century fragment of a small parchment codex that contained (at least) the book of Ecclesiastes in Greek. This triangular fragment (H x W = 4.5 x 3.5 cm) preserves the top corner of a page from a small parchment codex that contained the book of Ecclesiastes. 2 On the front side (hair side) the upper outside corner of the page is missing with the tear running diagonally from this corner down to the left margin about two thirds of the way down the page. No pagination can be detected on the front side of the fragment, although it is possible that it was placed in the upper outside corner that is missing. On the back side (flesh side) of the fragment in the upper inside corner an η is readily visible above the first line of text. Given its placement in the interior margin it is unlikely that it represents the page number since pagination was usually placed either in the center or outside edge of the upper margin.3 It is therefore more likely that the η represents the quire number since such “gathering numbers” were placed in the upper inside margin.4 However, given that most remains of miniature Greek codices are extremely fragmentary, only rarely containing more than just a fragment, page, or double page, generalizing about pagination and quire numbering is very speculative

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“P.Vindob. G 26079: A Parchment Codex Fragment of LXX Ecclesiastes 1:14–17.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 44 (2007): 23–26.

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American Society of Papyrologists




Religious Education


Ancient Scripture

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