Progress of Egyptology.
Egypt. The latter lias been re-edited by DeissmanD,14 who argues
that it belongs, not to a Gospel, but to a homily or commentary.
Of the Berlin publication two parts have appeared,15 one containing the
indices to vol. iii., on the usual complete scale, and the other being the
first part of vol. iv. Its numbers run from 1018 to 1031, all being edited
by Schubart. It cannot be said that they contain any feature of very
special interest. No. 1017 has a mention of some Persians (Ilepaat 7-77?
eTTiyovfj*;), which would be noteworthy if the date assigned to the document
(early third century) is certain, since hitherto the phrase has not been
found later than a.d. 150. No. 1022 is a complaint to the senate of
Antinoii from two of its citizens that, though they are free from public
duties (XeiTovpyiai,) by decree of their founder, Hadrian, nevertheless
during their residence on business in the Fayum the Village Secretary of
Philadelphia had imposed such burdens on them. Incidentally it gives us
the names of two new denies in Antinoe, viz. Plotinia in the tribe
Matidia, and Megalisia in the tribe Paulinia. A long and miscellaneous
roll (Nos. 1024-1027) includes reports of a prefect's judgments in cases of
homicide, body-snatching, &c, receipts for supplies of provisions, magical
formulae, and an official letter from Flavius Domitius Asclepiades, /co/^v
km (frXavidXtos ml rjye/xcov, to some of the officials of Hermopolis.
In the Arcliiv, of which two parts have appeared during the year,10
Grenfell and Hunt have published a text of the Papyrus Cattaoui
(cf. No. 50 of last year's Report) which is far in advance of any transcript
yet published,1' and forms a trustworthy basis for the commentary which
P. M. Meyer founds upon it. Incidentally the latter also prints an
improved text of Brit. Mus. Pap. 196, which relates to the same incidents
as the text on the verso of the Alexandrian papyrus. A further stage in
the same affair forms the subject of a mutilated Berlin papyrus
(B.G.U. 1019), which is discussed by Meyer in another article.18 Wilcken
and Mitteis publish a Leipzig papyrus10 of the fourth or fifth century
from Hermopolis, containing the record of a trial for robbery with violence
before Fl. Leontius Beronicianus, governor of the Thebaid. The names
of the speakers are written in Latin, but their speeches are in Greek.
Mitteis also prints, from the same collection, a declaration20 by a woman
of her adoption of a son (a.d. 381), with a discussion of the legal aspects
of the case. Wilcken reprints Oxyrhynehus Pap. 36, with additions, and
shows that it contains a customs tariff.21 H. Bresslau publishes a fine
example of a Latin letter of recommendation,23 now at Strassburg, written
by an official in Egypt to the prefect of Phoenicia on behalf of a traveller
who purposed to pass through that country; apparently his expedition