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Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1906-1907

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99 and 643 the numbers 484, 583 and 2117 had a mystic significance.
484 is possibly to be explained as the sum of the letters composing the
word deov: the addition of d^v (99) to this would produce 583.
Other inscribed fragments mention the %a>p(la) AotVo?, 2>cac/>?7?, Tlad{ ),
Ka)\aj7r(.?, K.a\ovp( ), Etp( ), Me\dv6ou, 'Acr«;ou/S.[ , @a#w>, T/3w, and
the eiroLtaa Nervrjov and Ka>\d>Tov. A wooden tablet (3rd or 4th cent.)
with the words \evicbv /xa/cpocnj/Aov Sepfiari/aov (1. 8e\/j,-) (' a white robe
with a long border'), and two wooden stamps inscribed respectively
tf?oif3d(fjL/j,(ov) and ©eoSoto? deserve mention. Of the miscellaneous
antiquities the most interesting are some specimens of fused mosaic
glass (2nd or 3rd cent., rosettes and floral patterns), and Byzantine
carvings on bone (the best, a figure of a warrior, at Cairo), a toy rattle and
wooden horseman, (both at Cairo), and the glass vases mentioned above.

The usual billon or copper coins, terracottas, beads, amulets, bronze and
iron pins, rings, hooks, knives and other instruments, papyrus sandals,
pens, dice, baskets, woollen socks, combs, &c, were similar to those found
in previous years.

The printing of Part V. of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri is nearly finished,
and the volume will be issued shortly. It contains the fragment of a new
gospel (cf. Arch. Pep. 1905-6, p. 9) and the long texts of the paeans of
Pindar, a new historical work (the author of which we are now disposed to
identify with Theopompus rather than with Cratippus), Plato's Symposium,
and Isocrates' Panegyricns. Part VI. has for some time been in active
preparation. The most important new classical text in it will be the
fragments of the Hypsipyle of Euripides announced last year. This identi-
fication has since been confirmed by two coincidences with already extant
fragments. The papyrus is unfortunately much damaged, but some two
hundred lines (partly lyric) are complete, coming mainly from the central
portion and from the conclusion of the play, the general treatment of which
is made fairly clear. Other literary papyri of considerable length are a
commentary upon the first forty-five chapters of Thucydides, Book ii.,
and portions of a MS. of Plato's Phaedrus. Besides these we propose
to include the fragments of Sophocles, Euripides, Apollonius Ehodius,
Thucydides, Demosthenes, Sallust, Acts of Peter and Acts of John, and
various biblical fragments mentioned in op. cit. p. 16, for which there was
no room in Part V. We hope to issue Part VI. in the summer or autumn
of 190S.

Bernard P. Grenfell. ■
Arthur S. Hunt.
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