Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1896-1897

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Egypt Exploration Fund.

written at Oxyrhynchus. Those Coptic papyri which we have are mostly
rather early, i.e. fifth or sixth century.

There are about 100 fairly well preserved Arahic papyrus rolls, pre-
sumably seventh to tenth century, and about three times that amount of
mediaeval Arabic paper.

Subject to adequate financial support being given to the new
Graeco-Roman Branch of the Egypt Exploration Fund, our scheme for
editing the papyri, including those left at Cairo, the publication of
which is reserved for us, is as follows. We propose to publish in full
only the more interesting papyri, giving a detailed description of the
others. We hope to issue yearly a volume of not less than 300 pages
quarto, with facsimiles. The first volume, which will be probably issued
next summer, will be of a miscellaneous character, illustrating the variety
of the collection. After that the papyri will be edited, as far as possible,
chronologically, beginning with the first century, to which some of the
finest rolls belong. Each volume will contain about twenty literary
pieces, other than Homer. Among those which will be included in the
first volume are the third century St. Matthew fragment already men-
tioned, a leaf from an early vellum manuscript coniainLng- the Acts of
Paul and Thecla, portions of a poem in Sapphic metre, probably by
Sappho herself, fragments of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus, Isocrates'
7repl avrtSoaecos, Plato's Republic, Xenophon's Hellenica, Demosthenes'
7rpoolfJ.ta Zr)^rpjopiKa, part of a treatise on metre (perhaps by Aristoxenus,
the chief early authority on this subject), a considerable portion of a
chronological work giving the dates of the principal events from 350 to
316 b.c., a fragment containing about fifty lines of a lost_comedy, a
lengthy proclamation by Flavius Titianus, praefect of Egypt in the time
of Hadrian, a report of an interview between the Emperor Marcus
Aurelius and a magistrate of Alexandria, and a roll giving a ljsijoJLthe
quarters and streets of Oxyrhynchus, and of the guards attached to
them, in the fourth century a.d.

May T conclude by expressing a hope that the success which has
attended the first efforts of the Fund in this comparatively unworked
field, may meet with recognition sufficient to secure the speedy publica-
tion of the papyri obtained, and also to prosecute further researches?

Bernard P. Grenfell.
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