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Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1905-1906

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Progress of Egyptology.

publication), in which it is utilized. M. de Eicci has published a few
lines of the Odyssey (bk. xvii) from two fragments of a vellum MS. of
the fourth century, found at Lycopolis.9 E. PisteDi 10 has published

(1) a small fragment of a Graeco-Sahidic papyrus book (fourtk to fifth cent.)
having on the recto the Sahidic text of Luke vii. 22-26, and on the verso
the end of Luke vii. 50 in Sahidic, and parts of John xii. 12-15 in Greek;

(2) fragments from five successive leaves of a papyrus codex (third to fourth
cent.) of the Protevangeliitm Jacobi, with portions of cc. 13-22. In the
volume of Melanges Nicole,^1 offered last year as a testimony of respect to
the well-known Genevan professor, in which no less than 60 scholars
co-operated, Crusius and Gerhard published six short hexameter epigrams
(45 mutilated lines in all) on subjects arising out of the Iliad, from a
Heidelberg papyrus of the sixth century, of very little literary importance ;
and Grenfell and Hunt contributed four fragments from Hermopolis,
containing Aristophanes, I'q. 37-46, 86-95, with a few scholia, Ltjsi-t.
433-449, 469-484, parts of L"> lines of an unknown comedy, and a few
letters of Homer, 11. xviii. 574-579, 615-617, with the alternative version
of the last line. All are fourth to fifth cent, in date.

More interesting than these, and indeed than the large majority of
new literary fragments on papyrus, is a text published by Wilcken from
the "Wiirzburg collection.1- It consists of two nearly perfect columns,
and portions of two more, from a well-written roll of the latter part of the
second century b.c.; and the title on the back shows it to be a portion of
the fourth book of the lost history of the deeds of Hannibal (Hwlffov
JTpafe?) by Sosylus. The fragment relates to a naval action, and
describes the successful tactics of the Massaliots, as opposed to those of
the Carthaginians; and it adds further to our knowledge of naval
history by stating that these tactics weie borrowed from Heracleides of
Mylasa (on whom see Herod, v. 121), who employed them in the battle
of Artemisium.

Passing to non-literary publications, three large volumes have appeared
during the past year, the Hibeh papyri of Messrs. Grenfell and Hunt
(representing the output of the Graeco-Roman Branch of the Fund for
the two years 1904-5 and 1905-6', the second part of Prof. Vitelli's
Florentine papyri, and (quite recently) the first volume of Prof. Mitteis'
Leipzig papyri. The Hibeh papyri/' as mentioned above, have been
extracted from mummy-cartonnages, and come from the third century b.g.
— most of them from the first half of that century, while one, which is
dated in the year 301-300 B.C., has the distinction of being the earliest
extant Greek document with a precise date. The volume, as a whole,
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