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Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1902-1903

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to various periodicals on literary papyri which have come to light during
the last few years ; and M. Bidez39 suggests Soterichus as a possible author
of the eulogy on Diocletian and the cosmogonical poem recently published
by Reitzenstein (see Report for 1901-2, no. 7). The Muse'e Beige, which
has recently paid considerable attention to papyri, contains, in addition to
the bibliographies of Mayence and Hohlwein, an article by the former40
combating the opinions of Meyer and Mitteis with regard to the existence
of a class of cultivators (coloni) attached to the soil in Graeco-Roman
Egypt, and a note by the latter 41 on the Egyptian police-system, in which
he rightly demonstrates that the village elders {Trpea-fivrepoi) were not part
of the regular police force, although matters of police might come within their
sphere. There is also a popular article by Waltzing ; 43 but such articles
being intended for the general reader in the country in which they are
written, do not seem to need mention here. Finally, Viereck 43 has written
on the value of papyri with regard to Byzantine studies, a topic which,
from his wide knowledge of the papyrus literature, he is very well qualified
to treat, though in the present article he has hardly gone beyond a
bibliographical survey of the subject. An article by E. Costa,41 on leases
of land in Graeco-Roman Egypt, I know only at second hand.

The linguistic side of the subject has been further dealt with by
Dr. J. H. Moulton 15 in some notes contributed to the Expositor, collecting-
words and phrases from the papyri which illustrate Biblical Greek; and
Thumb reviews in the Archiv 4G the publications in this department in the
years 1896-1901.

In the department of palaeography, the New Palaeographical Society, i n
its first part, attempts to fill one of the gaps in the list of published
facsimiles by giving photographs 47 of two documents from the latter part
of the second century B.C., viz., Brit. Mus. Pap. 655 of B.C. 127, and 658 of
B.C. 106-5. The texts of these papyri have already been published in
Grenfell and Hunt's Greek Papyri, ii., nos. 18 and 24. Sir E. Maunde
Thompson's article on Palaeography in the supplementary volumes of the
Encyclopaedia Britannicais is largely concerned with papyri; and the
present writer has dealt with them, both as regards their writing and their
contents, in two articles in Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible.^

Messrs. Grenfell and Hunt have again had a very successful season at
Oxyrhynchus, and have already announced the discovery of some more
Logia, which are sure to attract wide attention, and a new epitome of Livy.
There will evidently be plenty of material of interest in vols. iii. and iv.
of Oxyrhynchus Papyri, to which we have now to look forward ; and there
are still some literary papyri at Berlin to be published, and Strassburg and

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