Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1903-1904

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Ghaeco-Eoman Egypt.


did not take place, since his letter of introduction was found in Egypt.
A good facsimile is given of this letter, which probably belongs to the
fourth century.

A second instalment of papyri extracted from mummy cases found at
Magdola (see No. 15 of last year's Eeport) has been published by MM.
Jouguet and Lefebvre.23 It consists of nineteen texts, dating from the
end of the reign of Euergetes I. and the beginning of that of Philopator
(222-218 b.c.). They consist, without exception, of petitions to the king
for the redress of various injuries, and are edited with brief and serviceable
notes. Prof. Vitelli has continued the publication in Atene e Roma of
papyri from his own collection or elsewhere in Italy,21 including, besides the
literary texts mentioned above, an elaborate contract of loan of a.d. 103, an
engagement of pantomime artists to perform at a village feast in a.d. 181,
a group of official documents and letters from the Apollonopolite noine
(early second century), and a single letter of the third century from an
unknown source. Other documents have been printed by the same
scholar in the proceedings of the Accademia dei Lincei:25 an incomplete
contract of sale of a.d. 337 ; a shipmaster's acknowledgment of the
receipt of corn for transport from Hermopolis to Alexandria (a.d. 380) :
and a lease of a house in Hermopolis from the corporation of the Church
of the Resurrection (a.d. 505). From the same source come yet other
documents published by Vitelli and E. Breccia in combination: an
application by a father, acting as executor for his dead son, for repayment
of various sums lent by the latter to a woman (late first century) ; a lease
of land in a.d. 91; a loan of vegetable seed (a.d. 82); an official letter of
the fourth century; a lease dated in a.d. 366 ; and a few other contracts
which present no specially new features.

The third part of Wessely's Studien*6 consists of a collection of 701
texts from various sources, which are associated by similarity of format
and contents. They date from the fourth to the eighth century, they are
all small, generally longer in width than in height, written across the
fibres, and consist of receipts of various kinds. The editor describes them
as a supplement to the collections of ostraka. Many of them have
tachygraphic subscriptions. The texts are derived from several collections,
especially Vienna and Paris ; many have been published previously. They
are now given in autographed transcripts; a continuation and indices
(which are highly necessary) are promised for the next part, when an
estimate of their value will be more possible. It is a defect of the
Studien, considered as a series, that no two of them are of the same
external dimensions.
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