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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Strassburg papyrus1-- of the 6th century, containing a deed of sale of a
slave. Its great length (161 lines, in spite of the loss of its beginning) is
characteristic of the increasing wordiness of the documents of the Byzantine

MM. Jouguet and Lefebvre have published no farther part of the
Magdola papyri this year, but have contented themselves with a couple of
ostraka bought by them at Luxor in 1903.1S The first is apparently a
schoolboy's exercise, consisting of a little anecdote, which the editors do
not seem to have noticed to be in iambic verse, though with several faults
of metre. The second bears a very rough drawing of a human figure, with
the name of St. Peter. In an appendix they publish a couple of wooden
tablets at Cairo, one containing the first seven lines of II. ix., the other an
equal number of lines from a late epic, forming part of a speech of the
ghost of Achilles to the departing Greeks.

A single short papyrus from the Heidelberg collection has been edited by
Gerhard.19 It belongs to the well-known group of papyri from Gebelen
(Pathyris), of which considerably over a hundred are now known to exist;
and it serves as text for eighty pages of discussion of various matters more
or less connected with these texts, notably the functions of the agoranomus,
the relations of the Pathyrite, Latopolite, and Peri-Theban nomes, the
position of the Meninonia, and various minor matters. It is a useful
compilation of the extant materials, but would be more in place in an
edition of some considerable number of these texts than attached to a
single isolated document. Professor Gradenwitz contributes a serviceable
note on the legal character of the document, which is the rescission of a

M. Leon Barry, a student at the French Institute at Cairo, publishes
a papyrus from Socnopaei Nesus, belonging to M. Cattaoui, relating to the
same events as Geneva Pap. 16.-" It is a petition from twenty-six tenants
of public land {hifioaioi yecopyol), who had returned to their own district in
consequence of the edict of Severus and Caracalla, for protection against
the violence of certain individuals who were interfering with their agricul-
tural labours. It is addressed to the strategus (the Geneva papyrus, which
M. Barry reprints, is addressed to the centurion), and dated in a.d. 207.

Brussels makes its first appearance as a home of papyri in the publication
by MM. Mayence and Seymour de Ricci (with a specimen facsimile) of a
considerable fragment of a land survey of the. early 3rd century.21 The
land is divided into several parcels (acbpayl&es), the areas and crops of
which are specified, together with the rents payable for them. Private
land pays uniformly one artaba per aroura; royal domain land pays rates-
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