Progress of Egyptology.
part of the former century, and considers that the chronicle itself was
compiled about that pei'iod. It contains a list of the prefects of Egypt
(praefecti Augustales) from a.d. 333 to 392, which is the most valuable,
as well as the latest in date, of the records preserved among the fragments.
Prof. Bauer gives a full description of the contents, and examines their
relation to the " Barbaras " and other chronicles of similiar character; the
artistic features of the MS., which are more curious than beautiful, are
separately treated by Prof. Strzygowski.
More properly literary in character, and considerably greater in extent,
is the commentary on the Theaetetus of Plato just issued as tbe second
number of the Berlin Classical Texts.3 Like the Didyrnus which began
the series last year, it was discovered among the ruins of a house at
Ashmunein (Hermopolis), and was bought by Borchardt in Cairo in 1901;
and it is now published by thsyjwne editors, Prof. Diels and Dr. Schubart,
with the assistance of BtfH^K ^n the mathematical passages. It is a
handsome, carefully il^V pa^rus, dating apparently from about the
reign of Trajan, and cc^pRing of seventy tall and narrow columns; but
it contains only about one sixth part of the whole work, which must have
occupied at least four rolls, of which this was the first. The commentary
covers pp. 142-153 of the Theaetetus, with detached fragments relating to
pp. 157 and 158. The beginning and end of the roll are lost, and there-
with the author's name. A book so handsomely written must have been
the work of a well-known author, and Prof. Diels establishes some
similarity to what we know of the writings of Albinus, the teacher of
Galen ; but he rejects the identification on account of differences of style.
The commentary, unfortunately, is of very slight intrinsic value; it must
have been a great disappointment to the decipherers to find a literary MS.
of so promising an appearance prove to be in fact so insignificant. Even to
the textual criticism of Plato its contribution is small; but so far as it
goes its testimony is decidedly in favour of the Vindobonensis (W). A
facsimile is given of two columns of the papyrus ; and a complete photo-
graph of the whole is published separately.
Together with the Theaetetus commentary Diels and Schubart publish
three small philosophical fragments. One, in a small neat hand of the second
century, contains a quotation from the Phaedrus (p. 2d5 C, D). Another
contains a paraphrase of Laws, pp. 832 E—834 B, 835 E, in a large hand
which the editors assign to the 1st century b.c., but which appears in
the facsimile to be considerably later. The third may be a portion of a
philosophical dialogue, and is assigned to the second century b.c.: of this
no facsimile is given.