Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1904-1905

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Graeco-Romax Egypt.


Prof. Diels is also responsible for a shorter publication of a literary
character,1 consisting of lists of names of famous lawgivers, painters, sculp-
tors, architects, engineers, and of natural objects such as the largest islands,
mountains, and rivers, and the most beautiful fountains. The text occupies
seven columns of a papyrus found by Dr. Rubensohn at Abusir, in 1904,
and is preceded by the romance of Alexander and the Gymnosophists in a
somewhat longer form than that preserved by Plutarch. The lists of names
are a product of the Alexandrian passion for tabulation, and the papyrus
itself goes back well into Ptolemaic times : Diels, Schubart, and Wilcken
concur in assigning it to the second century b.c. A full facsimile is given
of the seven columns. The lists include some new and slightly known
names, e.g., Semon of Athens as a painter, and apparently a pioneer in
that art; Phyromachus along with Myron, Lysippus, and Polycleitus
among the statue-makers; Epicrates, the military engineer of Rhodes;
Harpalus, as the maker of Xerxes' bridg^Kjssj^e Hellespont; Styppax,
as the name of the inventor of the " sfcar^ig §Bj^Bt Olympia.

M. Theodore Reinach's volume (to be noticedjBpc fully below) contains
a few very small literary texts. The most noteworthy is an ostrakon
containing parts of fourteen lines, apparently of an erotic mime; the
writing is a fine uncial of the Ptolemaic period. It is a notable addition
to the very small stock of Greek literary ostraka. The other texts, on
papyrus, include eleven lines of Homer (72. xix. 41-51), of the second
century, and five tiny scraps of unknown authors, three being Ptolemaic
and two Roman.

A fragmentary column of a rhetorical exercise, from the verso of a
Leipzig papyrus of the 1st or 2nd century, is published by Prof. Blass,3
together with short descriptions of two vellum fragments, of which one
contains parts of seventy-four lines of Homer, II. iv., and the other 0<l. vii.
G7-126 ; neither is important. Another vellum fragment is published (with
facsimile) by Vitelli,0 containing a few lines of book V. of the Oracula
Sibyllina in a neat hand of the 3rd or 4th century ; the same article also
contains twenty-five imperfect lines of a late hexameter poem on the subject
of Achilles and Polyxena, written on papyrus of the 4th or 5th century.
These, with a brief note, also by VitelliJ on the occurrence of the word
OaXvcrio'; in a papyrus in his own possession, apparently in iambic
catalectic dimeters, appear to complete the literary harvest of the year; but
a complete transcript of the large British Museum papyrus of Isocrates
I)e Pace, by Mr. H. I. Bell, will probably have appeared before this

Among publications of non-literary papyri the first place for the past
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