"A New Fragment of Homer, from Excavations on eBay"
by Robert A. Kraft, University of Pennsylvania

ἂν δ’ ἄρα Μηριόνης πελέκεας δέκα πάντας ἄει]ρ[ε,

Τεῦκρος δ’ ἡμιπέλεκκα φέρεν κοίλας ἐπὶ ν]ῆας.
Αὐτὰρ Πηλεΐδης κατὰ μὲν δολιχόσκιον ἔγχο]ς,
κὰδ δὲ λέβητ’ ἄπυρον βοὸς ἄξιον ἀνθεμόε]ντα               (885)
θῆκ’ ἐς ἀγῶνα φέρων· καί ῥ’ ἥμονες ἄνδρ]ες ἀνέστ[αν·
ἂν μὲν ἄρ’ Ἀτρεΐδης εὐρὺ κρείων Ἀγαμέμ]νων,
ἂν δ’ ἄρα Μηριόνης, θεράπων ἐῢς Ἰδομ]ενῆος.
τοῖσι δὲ καὶ μετέειπε ποδάρκης δῖος Ἀχιλλεύς·

The text has been written in stichoi, against the fibers, which suggests that it may have been placed on reused papyrus, perhaps as an excerpt (classical Greek scroll texts such as Homer were normally written along the fibers). No image of the other side was provided by the seller (B.P.Ferrini, Akron OH), but the purchaser (see below) confirms that there is a single line of writing on the other side, although I have thus far been unable to make sense of it from the image he supplied (see above; perhaps it is Demotic?). In the original eBay image (first image above), the top two lines are folded over on the right, concealing any letters in that section. The owner has flattened that area and supplied the above secong image that confirms that the expected letters are present.

The hand seems consistent with a first or second century CE date, although this bears further exploration. The text was purchased as part of  a group of eleven miscellaneous fragments by Alexander Mihaylovich (artist, Los Angeles CA)
on 17 Nov 2005, item #7365384513 on eBay. Its original provenance is unknown.