Progress of Egyptology.
face of innumerable difficulties and intrigues, made it possible to create a
museum and department for excavations in the government of an unsym-
pathetic Oriental ruler. But it must be acknowledged that the circum-
stances of the time and Mariette's impatience prevented science from
reaping the fruits that might have been expected to ensue from these
great achievements ; the Museum however preserved many of the choicest of
Mariette's finds for posterity while so much else disappeared without
record. In presenting the volume to the Academie des Inscriptions, Maspero
deplored the fact that there was no hope of recovering the fragmentary MSS.
in which from time to time Mariette essayed to describe the numerous
excavations and discoveries made under his direction. Comptes Bendus,
1904,550. In the grounds of the new Museum at Cairo a statue of Mariette
was unveiled and a monument to contain the sarcophagus inaugurated on
17th March, 1904. At the same time a bust was unveiled of his friend
Vassalli, for 30 years conservator of the Bulak Museum. Ann. v. 54.
F. Ll. Griffith.
Up to the last few months of the year covered by this Eeport, it looked as
if there would be very little of importance to report upon; but since June
there has been a series of publications which more than redeem the credit
of the year. These publications include Deissmann's theological papyri
at Heidelberg; the remarkable illustrated chronicle in the collection of
M. Golenischef at St. Petersburg, edited by Bauer and Strzygowski; a new
part of the Berlin series of classical texts ; Th. Keinach's papyri from his
own collection in Paris ; and, above all, the third part of the Petrie Papyri.
These, together with Vitelli's Florentine papyri, which appeared earlier in
the year, make an ample harvest for the twelve months, even though there
is little in the way of documents from Berlin, and the annual volume of
the Graeco-Boman Branch cannot be published in time to be noticed
Of literary texts, the Septuagint MS. published by Deissmann1 is
unquestionably the most important, and makes an excellent commencement
of the series of volumes from Heidelberg for which we have long been
looking. The papyrus is not wholly new, for its existence in the hands of
the Viennese dealer, Graf, had been known for several years; it had been
seen by more than one scholar, and photographs of it were in existence;
and it had been the subject of a paper at the Oriental Congress in London