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their writing, if facsimiles of them were published. The fifth is an account,
of earlier date, of which only a few lines are printed. Whether these
partial publications of texts, in anticipation of full catalogues of the several
collections, are advisable, except in cases of special importance or interest,
is a question of some doubt. Mitteis mentions that the Leipzig collection
contains a large fragment of the Septuagint, probably of the fourth century,
but gives no further particulars.
M. Seymour de Kieci has rendered a useful service by printing revised
texts of four papyri from Pathyris,12 now in the Louvre, which had already
been published by M. Eevillout in his Melanges surla metrologie, but with
errors which impaired their value. M. de Kicci states that there are other
papyri of the same series in the Louvre, to which he has not yet been able
to obtain access. In another publication,13 however, M. de Eicci prints
two documents of the Eoman period now in the Louvre, one being a
petition to the centurion Aurelius Calvisius Maxiinus, dated a.d. 216, which
is a duplicate of No. 322 in the Berlin publication, while the other is an
acknowledgment of a loan of money and vegetable seed of the same date.
Both papyri are from Socnopaei Nesus.
In connection with M. de Eicci it may further be noted that two of the
papyri from Antinoopolis, originally published by him (see Eeport for
1900-1, No. 17), have been republished, with an Italian translation and
brief descriptions, by Prof. E. de Euggiero.11 An attempt to obtain a
photograph of one of these documents (palaeographically valuable on
account of the scarceness of fifth century papyri), for reproduction in
the first part of the New Palaeographical Society's facsimiles, failed,
apparently through the apathy of the Parisian photographer.
M. Pierre Jouguet, assisted by M. G. Lefebvre, has commenced the
publication of the papyri found by him at Medinet-en-Nahas (identified with
the ancient Magdola) in 1902,15 in the cartonnage of mummies from the
Ptolemaic cemetery. Twenty-two texts (for the most part much mutilated)
are printed, all being petitions addressed to the king, apparently Euergetes.
Several of the parties concerned are cleruchs, or holders of plots of land
granted by the Crown to military settlers ; and some of the petitions relate
to matters arising out of the tenure or cultivation of the lands. The texts
are accompanied by short descriptions and notes, which add to their value
and supply illuminating references to parallel documents elsewhere. An
■ amusing domestic drama is presented in No. 14, where an indignant father
invokes the assistance of the law to procure the rescission of a contract
which his son, a youth still under age, has made to lend 1,000 drachmas
to a lady of Crocodilopolis. In No. 15 a barber begs for assistance in