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

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Progress of Egyptology.

summaries of results; in the present case these'relate to the topography
of the Fayum. Working at first independently of Wessely, and after-
wards to supplement his treatise on this subject, the editors, while not
attempting to rival his fulness of citation, are able largely to increase and
correct his information. Their map also, as compared with that given in
their Fayum Towns, shows how much our knowledge of the subject has
been extended in the last seven years. A quantity of useful information is
also scattered about the notes.

The third volume of the British Museum Catalogue,10 in which the
present writer has had the advantage of the collaboration of his colleague,
Mr. H. I. Bell, is equally miscellaneous in its character. It contains brief
descriptions of 846 papyri, the full texts of 251, of which 20 belong to the
Ptolemaic period, 152 to the Boman, 22 to the early Byzantine, and 57
to the late Byzantine. Many of the Ptolemaic documents belong to the
well-known group of contracts from Pathyris (Gebelen). In the later
periods, the most novel text is that of a diploma conferring membership in
an athletic club on a boxer from Hermopolis. The club is one already
known from inscriptions, with its headquarters at Borne, and the diploma
was conferred at the great games at Naples in a.d. 192, and ratified sub-
sequently at Sardis. Other noticeable texts are a group of contracts from
Antinoopolis, two long land-registers, and the accounts of the commissioners
of waterworks in an unnamed town. The accompanying atlas of facsimiles
consists of 100 plates, of which 12 represent the Ptolemaic period, 52 the
Boman, 16 the early Byzantine, 15 the late Byzantine, and 5 the papyri
from Kom Ishgau (Aphrodito) of the 8th century, which will form the
material for the fourth volume of the Catalogue, now in preparation.

The importance of the Strassburg collection of papyri has long been
known from the isolated publications which have been made by various
persons at various times and places; and it is satisfactory that the formal
publication of them has now been undertaken, and has been placed in the
competent hands of Dr. P. Preisigke, whose official duties as Director of
Telegraphs have fortunately taken him to the Alsatian capital. The first
instalment of his work11 includes 23 texts, with full introductions and
notes, and five facsimiles. The texts (which are arranged in no particular
order) include a series of receipts for the sheep-tax, which are important
as showing that the first year of the Emperor Claudius II. was not (as
hitherto assumed, in accordance with the usual rule) the last months of
a.d. 267-8, from the death of Gallienus to the end of the year, but the
next complete year, viz. a.d. 268-9; also that although Vaballathus does
not make his appearance in the dates until the year 270-1, that year is
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