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Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1910-1911

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Progress of Egyptology.

which can be identified on good grounds with that of Apion; various
medical and physiological scraps; and (of more substantial dimensions)
portions of treatises on astronomy and on divination by means of
involuntary twitchings of the various parts of the human body (irepi
iraXpi&v puavTiicT]). The texts from known authors include eleven Homeric
MSS., the largest being a vellum copy of the Odyssey of about the fourth
century, of which 101 leaves remain; the rest are rather of palaeographical
than textual interest. In addition there are small portions of Hesiod's
Theogonia, Herodotus (book ii), Hippocrates irepl Stam;? b^ewv, Demosthenes
Be Corona, Polybius book xi (part of the same papyrus as that in the
Berlin Museum), and (most novel of all) a page of a Graeco-Latin copy of
Cicero's second Catilinarian oration, apparently of the fifth century. Ten
plates give specimen facsimiles of twenty-nine MSS.; and the whole book
is printed and turned out in the handsome style characteristic of the
Eylands Library, as already shown in the cases of Griffith's Demotic
Papyri and Crum's Coptic MSS.

Another literary volume is Gerhard's edition of the Homeric papyri of
the early Ptolemaic period in the Heidelberg collection.2 They are only
two in number, but both belong to that interesting group of papyri of the
third century b.c. which show marked differences in the way both of
addition and omission (especially the former) from the vulgate text.
Both are, in fact, portions of MSS. previously known : the first adds
16 lines (4 being new) to the MS. of which part was published by
Grenfell and Hunt in Greek Papyri ii, 2, and part in Hibeh Papyri i, 21,
while the other contains no less than 183 lines of the MS. of Iliad
xxi-xxiii, already known in Greek Papyri ii, 4, and Hibeh Papyri i, 22,
bringing up the total of (partially) extant lines of that MS. to 351, of
which 17 are new. It goes without saying that Gerhard's publication is
as full and minute as possible, and reproductions of the Heidelberg
fragments are given on six plates. The general question of these
"inflated" Homer papyri is not carried materially further. It is clear
that such texts were predominant in Egypt in the third century b.c.; it is
clear also that the additional lines are of no importance, being for the
most part redundant verbiage or familiar tags.

The new volume of the Graeco-Eoman Branch of the Fund3—Part VIII
of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, edited, like its predecessor, by Dr. Hunt
alone, witb assistance from Wilamowitz, Wilcken, and others—contains
the most novel text of the year in some fragments of the Meliambi of the
Cynic poet Cercidas. His designation as a Cynic, as well as the title of
his poems, is preserved in the subscription of the MS., which is assigned
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