Tlie dates of the Alexandrine patriarchs of the first half of the 6th
century are calculated afresh by Brooks,49 whose conclusions differ
slightly from those of Kriiger.
Nau has discussed the relationship of the Coptic and Syriac Lives of
Dioscorus 50 (v. last Report, 58). He finds them independent, the former
belonging to an earlier literary stage than the latter.
A long review by De Eicci of A. J. Butler's Conquest of ligypt makes
numerous suggestions.51 K. Vollers has also reviewed it.51a In this
connection we may mention Lumbroso's notes 52 on the condition of Egypt
on the eve of the Arab conquest.
Another important publication by von Lemm has appeared this year :53
an elaborate edition of the known fragments of the History of Alexander
the Great, in the Sa'idic version, including the two unpublished Berlin
leaves. The MS. he would date in the 11th century—I should incline to
place it considerably later—while the form of its text, derived from a Greek
original younger than those extant, is attributed to the 6th century. He
endeavours to show that the seeming irregularities of the idiom are, in
reality, in accordance with the later system of orthography. An interesting-
excursus on the use of Arabic words in Coptic occurs on p. 35. An
appendix criticizes Pietschmann (v. Report 1902-03, 59).
In the course of a recent exploration of the northern Delta, Hogarth 54
examined the positions and limits of a group of episcopal sees there, some
of which are very uncertain (t>. last Report, 15, 16). He became aware of
Daressy's study of the same ground only after writing his article.
Statistical works dealing with Asiatic Turkey record settlements of
" Copts " among the native population—a surprise to those who know the
Copts as among the least travelled of mankind. And, in fact, Lammens
shows53 that the name " Egyptian " here has acquired the same meaning
as with us : the settlers are gipsies.
5. Non-literary Texts. In the collection of the Kazan University
Museum, described by Turaief/0 is a long Coptic papyrus containing yet
another of the legal deeds from the monastery of St. Phoebammon at Jemu-
It is of unusual interest, owing to the peculiarity of its formulae. On the
back is an Arabic magical text.
Since the appearance of Crum's Catalogue of the Coptic monuments at
Cairo, the Museum has acquired several more. These, with the additional
Creek Christian stelae, are published by Lefebvre.57 He has, however,
included some which can scarcely be Christian (nos. 8, 20, 24). In no. 28 we
may perhaps read Victor un-po? (Victorianus is unlikely). In 32 I would
suggest " the fiaKapwi Shenouti." In 36, Ianneis a man's name, and the