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

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Gkaeco-Eoman Egypt.


For the benefit of those Orientalists to whom the study of Greek papyrus
texts is unfamiliar, Mr. Bell has commenced a series of translations of the
letters,7 which will no doubt be welcome.

The non-literary documents in Oocyrhyruihus VIII are sixty-six in
number, of the usual varied dates and diversified interest, edited witli
Dr. Hunt's usual skill and precision. Among the more noteworthy may
be mentioned nos. 1100 and 1101, two edicts by praefects; 1110, a
census-return from Antinoopolis, giving three new deme-names; 1114,
a Latin declaration of inheritance of A.D. 237; 1115, a receipt for bread
provided by contractors to the troops; 1117, a petition from six curators
of the golden statue of Athene-Thoeris, who had been held liable to make
good a quantity of gold embezzled during the making of the statue;
1119, a claim by two citizens of Antinoopolis to be, as such, exempt from
nomination to municipal offices in the Oxyrhynchite nome; 1134, a
fifth century receipt for rent for imperial domain-land; 1135 and 1136,
two receipts for the tax known as ava(3o\u<6v; 1151, a long Christian
amulet; and 1153-1165, a number of private letters. Five dated
documents of the fifth century are included in the volume; it would have
been a real service to palaeography if facsimiles of some of these could
have been given.

Another considerable volume of texts which has appeared during the
past year is that of the Theadelphia Papyri,8 now in the Cairo Museum,
edited by M. Pierre Jouguet. The texts are 59 in number, and are of
the usual miscellaneous character—sales, leases, petitions, tax-receipts,
accounts, etc.; but they possess a common centre, being all associated
with a single person named Sakaon, and the members of his family. In
date they range between A.D. 280 and 342. M. Jouguet, who has edited
them with introductions, translations, notes, and indices, states that the
texts, without commentary but with some facsimiles, will also be included
in a forthcoming volume of the official catalogue of the Cairo Museum.

The Greek papyri of the Cairo Museum have received much attention of
late. In addition to the group just mentioned, and the first volume of
M. Jean Maspero's edition of the papyri of the Byzantine age (noticed last
year, no. 42), which owes its special interest to the papyri of this period
from Aphrodito, the Eornan papyri have been edited by Dr. Preisigke.9
Descriptions of these documents have already been included in the official
catalogue by Grenfell and Hunt (no. 13 in the Eeport for 1903-4), and
the texts of not a few have been included in the various volumes published
by them for the Egypt Exploration Fund. Dr. Preisigke's publication
includes all that appear to be of interest among the remainder, amounting
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