Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1907-1908

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Graeco-Eoman Egypt.


tions in Paris left him too little leisure for important work. An
interesting biographical notice by M. Ph. Virey precedes the reprint of
his articles and memoirs, which begin in 1862 and end in 1894. He died
in 1902 at the age of 82.

M. Marestaing sketches the life and character of the enormously
learned but futile Jesuit Athan. KlRCHER in the 17th century, and gives an
account of his Egyptological efforts. Hen. dc Trav. xxx. 22.


It is late in the day to be describing the principal literary publications
of 1907-8, for the two volumes which make the year memorable appeared
nearly twelve months ago, and have long been familiar to all who take
interest in Greek literature. These are, of course, the Menahder of
M. Lefebvre and Part V. of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. A short account of
both must, however, be given for completeness' sake. The Menander,1
edited by M. Lefebvre, with some assistance from M. Maurice Croiset, and
provided with transcript, revised text, translation and brief notes, gives us
portions of four plays. After allowing for a rectification of the cdilio
prineeps, made by Wilamowitz and Legrand, by which two mutilated leaves
are transferred from the fourth play to the third, the figures work out as
follows: "Hpm, 63 lines ; 'E7rn-pe7rwTe9, over 500 lines; TlepiKeipo/zevy,
about 300 lines (besides the 50 lines already discovered by Grenfell and
Hunt); Safila, 340 lines. The titles of the first and last plays are
doubtful, but they will serve until fresh evidence turns up. Much of the
text, especially in the third play, is mutilated, but enough remains to give
an outline of the plots and a good idea of the dramatist's method of
handling them. The plots are monotonous and unpleasing; but the
handling is bright and vivid, and the characters life-like and natural. The
dialogue and action are lively, and it is easy to believe that the plays were
efi'ective on the stage: but it is unlikely that in their present imperfect
state they will ever attain the popularity which they held in antiquity.
Eevisions of the text, in whole or in part, have already been issued by Van
Leeuwen, Mazon and Eodin, and Eobert; and among the many reviews
which have appeared, special mention may be made of those of Wilamowitz,
Headlam, Leo, and Korte. A complete facsimile of the papyrus is
promised shortly; meanwhile two pages have been published in the
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