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Opisthographos
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(ὀπισθογράφος, -ον/opisthográphos, -on; Latin opisthographus, -a, -um), lit. 'written on the reverse', adj., sometimes also used as a noun; a technical term rarely attested in antiquity. Ancient authors paraphrased or used synonyms instead (ὄπισθεν/ópisthen or κατόπισθεν/katópisthen, ὀπίσω/opísō, κατόπιν/katópin).

In antiquity, opisthographos denoted either a roll with a text which continued from the recto to the verso (Plin. Ep. 3,5,17; opisthographum Ulp. Dig. 37,11,4) or a roll with a text on the back of the papyrus (Lucian. Vitarum au…

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Dorandi, Tiziano (Paris), “Opisthographos”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e832240>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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