- Tributary gifts and emissaries from the Arsacid Empire, then under Pacorus II of Parthia ( r . 78 105 CE ), came to the Han in 87 CE, 89 CE, and 101 CE bringing exotic animals such as ostriches and lions.
- Ignatius of Antioch, who lived from around 30-108 CE, mentions this in Chapter 9 of his " Epistle to the Magnesians " which is dated to around 101 CE . Justin Martyr, a disciple who lived between 110-165 CE, wrote about this extensively in his " Dialogue With Trypho the Jew . " Another mention of this by Justin Martyr is in his " Apologies " work Section 1 : 67 dated to around 140-150 CE . Below is a portion of the text:
- Porter notes that Turner had then nevertheless advanced several earlier dated examples of the practice from the later second century, and one ( BGU III 715.5 ) dated to 101 CE . Porter proposes that, notwithstanding the discovery of the hooked apostrophe in P . K鰈n 255, the original editors'proposal of a mid second century date for the Egerton Papyrus accords better with the paleographic evidence of dated comparator documentary and literary hands for both and this papyrus " the middle of the second century, perhaps tending towards the early part of it ".
- Specifically he notes that P . Egerton 2 is in " a less heavy hand with more formal rounded characteristics, but with what the original editors called " cursive affinities " . " Porter adds that " Both manuscripts were apparently written before the development of a more formal Biblical majuscule style, which began to develop in the late second and early third centuries . " In this respect, Porter also notes that although the hooked apostrophe form found in the Cologne fragment of P . Egerton 2 is unusual in the second century, there is at least one known dated example in a papyrus of 101 CE and three others of mid or late second century date . " The result is to bring the two manuscripts together, somewhere in the middle of the second century, perhaps tending towards the early part of it ."