Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1895-1896

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the Rainer papyri has at last begun. A volume of facsimiles is promised
at some future date.

Prof. Nicole has likewise commenced the publication of the Geneva

^apjui,4_some of which are his private property, while the rest belong to
the library of the town. All have bsen acquired within the last four
years, and belong to the great papyrus-find of Socnopaei Nesus, in the
Paiyum. The fasciculus now published contains eighteen texts; those
which have precise dates range between a.d. 141 and 383, but of the
undated documents one is said to be of the first century, while two
plainly belong to the Byzantine period. Prof. Nicole has adopted
(reluctantly, on the ground of economy) the Berlin method of publi-
cation, the texts being autographed and (consequently, to make up for
the loss of clearness inherent in this method) provided with accents and
punctuation. The texts relate chiefly to administrative matters, in-
cluding an order from a prefect or epistrategus to the strategi to treat a
certain person with respect, as a friend to the emperor (No. 1); petitions
to officials (one—No. 4—from a person who complains of having been
maliciously entered in the census list as belonging to a village, instead

,of to the metropolis), receipts, leases, loans, and an application for the
enrolment of a boy in the eTrUpta^, or list of privileged persons exempted
from the poll-tax (No. 18). (A large portion of such a list, dating
from the first century, is now in the British Museum.) The transcripts
have every appearance of having been made with skill and accuracy, as
would be expected from Prof. Nicole's reputation, and it is sincerely
to be hoped that he may be able to proceed rapidly with the publication
of the rest of his collections.

Four parts of the Berlin publication 5 have appeared within the past
year, containing 139 texts. Their contents are of the same miscella-
neous character as hitherto. They include a mutilated rescript from the
emperors Severus and Caracalla, apparently directed against some form
of official corruption (No. 473); a number of fragments of census lists
(Nos. 493-510) ; part of the record of an Alexandrian embassy, to the
Emperor Claudius (No. 511), on which Wilcken has written an article
in Sennes;6 a report of the receipt from the camel-owners of the
Arsinoite nome of several chests of merchandise, and of the payment to
them of a large sum for the carriage of the same (No. 544; ef. No. 607);
a list of roirap^iai, or subdivisions of nomes, with the amount of corn
distributed in each (No. 550) ; another reference to the e/rwcpto't?, with
mention of the case of a boy, the son of a KaToivos (or privileged Greek
settler), who had been wrongly included in the list of persons liable to

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