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Title: On the Usefulness of the North Wind in a Chreia Diogenis Cynici (P.Mich. inv. 6216z20)
Subtitle: An Ancient Student Response Card?
Author(s): LITINAS, Nikos
Journal: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Volume: 56 Date: 2019
P.Mich. inv. 6216z20 is a unique papyrus because, first, it preserves a chreia that is not recorded so far in any collection (in any language) of sayings of Diogenes the Cynic or another person from antiquity, second, it contains a question 'why is the north wind useful?' that may reflect a Greek or an Egyptian tradition, and, third, it has an unusual format and a curious word written on the other side ('defending'), which in combination may point to a use of the papyrus that parallels modern cards created by teachers for student responses. An appendix provides a survey of the North Wind in Greek literature and beyond.