Oxyrhynchus Text Story Just Hype?

So says papyrology student Hannibal at Ars Technica.

So as of right now, the rest of the papyrological community is waiting to hear Dirk Obbink at Oxford either back up for disavow the claims made in the article. At the very best, the Independent’s reporters are covering some kind of new imaging breakthrough in an extremely hyperbolic fashion. And at the worst, they’re trying to make a major story out of 20-year-old news.

Huh. Guess I fell for the hype. Good thing I’m not a Classicist anymore.

UPDATE: New York Sun has a more sober followup.

3 thoughts on “Oxyrhynchus Text Story Just Hype?”

  1. So…what? Does this mean no Necronomicon? Does this mean that I should be beaten about the head for recycling this lame-ass joke from your previous entry?

    The world is such a confusing place.

  2. Yeah, I know. I’m just trying to be funny. “Being Funny” is always a little hit-or-miss when it comes to comment boxes.

    For the record, I do actually own that ridiculous paperback Necronomicon that was printed in the swingin’ 70s. A friend gave it to me. It comes in handy for NightLife games every now and then. Other than that, it’s good for a laugh.

    God, it smells like fish all the sudden. Hang on, someone’s at the door……….my God….no….noooo! NOO!!!!! *squelch*

    (hit or miss, I’m tellin’ ya…)

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