Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1908-1909

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Progress of Egyptology.

contains much material of value, notably the considerable fragments of the
lost Hypsipyle of Euripides. These fragments are unfortunately often
very small, and are scattered over the whole extent of the play;" and after
all that the skill and experience of Messrs. Grenfell and Hunt can do
for them, with the assistance of Wilamowitz, Murray and Bury, only
three passages of substantial length are recoverable. The first of these
contains about 70 lines of a chorus and 28 iambics; the second contains
58 iambics; the third about 50 lines of lyric dialogue. The smaller
fragments assist in making out the plot of the play, most of which is now
recoverable, and is shown to differ markedly from the treatment of the
same theme by Statius. In respect of poetry the recovered fragments
cannot be said to contribute anything very remarkable.

The same volume contains four small Biblical fragments (none earlier
than the fourth century); a small vellum leaf of the Acts of Peter,
corresponding generally with the shorter of the two extant Latin versions;
a fragment of the Acts of John, containing portions of two new incidents ;
and a few words from some other apocryphal Acts. The new classical
texts, besides the Hyjysiipyle, include 19 columns (not consecutive) of a
commentary on Thucydides, ii, 1-45, of no very great importance, but with
some textual evidence of interest; a scrap containing just enough to be
identified with one of the extant quotations from Archilochus ; some
twenty lines of a comedy; fragments of scholia on Aristophanes'
Achamians, and of an oration against Demosthenes (probably a favourite
subject for rhetorical exercises); and a few minor scraps. The papyri
of extant authors include small portions of Hesiod {Theog. 930-939,
994-1004), Sophocles {Ant. 242-246), Euripides {Sec. 700-703, 737-740,
and 1252-1280), Apollonius Bhodius (iii, 263-271), Thucydides (ii, 22-25;
iii, 58, 59; v, 32-34, 40, 96-98, 103-5, 111), Plato {Eufhyd. 301c-302c;
Lysis, 208c-d), Demosthenes {In Aristogit. i, 47, 48 ; In Aristocr. 149,150),
and (a very welcome novelty) a nearly complete leaf of Sallust's Catilina
from a papyrus codex of the fifth century, written (with many inaccuracies
in an upright half-uncial hand, and of more palaeographical than textua

Apart from this Oxyrhynchus volume (which is as well and soundly
edited as usual), there is little to record. Prof. Sanders has made known a
few more details with regard to the important Ereer Biblical MSS. (see
no. 3 of 1907-8), now under his editorial charge.2 Dom P. de Puniet has
published (with a good facsimile) an important liturgical papyrus of the
sixth or seventh century, now in the Bodleian,3 which he states to be akin
in character to the sacramentary of Serapion, discovered in 1899. In the
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