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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Pkogeess of Egyptology.

the performance of games at Oxyrhynchus in a.u. 275; this may be
compared with the athletic diploma mentioned above among the British
Museum papyri. Among the other texts may be mentioned a contract
for the transfer of the farm of a tax (no. 1062), a letter from the
senate of Oxyrhynchus to the ftif3\iocj)v\aKe<; (keepers of the records),
requiring them to exempt a certain person from service (no. 1073), and a
Latin list of soldiers (no. 1083).

In the Archiv fib- Papyrusforsclmng (of which one double part has
appeared during the year), Wilcken15 publishes six texts (five papyri and
one ostrakon) from the Strassburg collection, which will no doubt even-
tually reappear in the official publication. Each has some special features
of interest. The first is report of a sitting of the senate of Antinoo-
polis in a.d. 258, which throws some light on the forms and procedure of
that assembly. The second comes from the village of Nesyt, in the Delta,
a place hitherto known only from some rare coins and (in a perverted
form) in Ptolemy. It is a minute from the Eoyal Secretary, acting as
strategus, to himself as Eoyal Secretary, informing himself of a rescript
from the administrator of ISTeapolis (who was concerned with the collection
of the corn destined for Eome) with reference to the slackness of certain
officials in furnishing their monthly reports, and of the application of a
certain Eudaemon to adopt Greek forms for his parents' names instead
of Egyptian. The third is a record of a settlement of real and personal
property by two sets of parents on their son and daughter respectively
on the occasion of their marriage, and a subsequent re-settlement on the
death of the young couple, leaving children under age. The fourth con-
tains two reports from inspectors of pasture-lands (eirLTqprjTai voficov) that
during two successive periods of five days nothing has been received from
certain pastures belonging to the Imperial domain. The fifth is a certificate
for labour on the embankments, only remarkable because the period is
four days instead of the usual five; one of Preisigke's Strassburg papyri,
mentioned above, shows an exception in the opposite direction, being for a
period of seven days. If less or more work were necessary for the security
of the dykes, it is not unreasonable that the competent authority (here the
Eoyal Secretary) should have been authorised to apportion the work
accordingly. The sixth text (the ostrakon) supplies a correction to several
of those previously published by Wilcken, and establishes as a normal rate
for the additional charges (-TrpooSiaypacpofAeva) so often attached to a tax
the proportion of lh obols to the stater, or 6^ per cent.

Of minor text publications almost the only one remaining to be
mentioned is an article in which Prof. E. J. Goodspeed10 publishes
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