Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1911-1912

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Progress of Egyptology.

exordium of his Pcrsae), and there are several new quotations from lost

These three papyri constitute the additions to classical literature made
by this volume. The papyri of extant authors include fragments of the
Phoenissae and Orestes of Euripides, of Thucydides (Book v.), Xenophon
(Anab. vii.), Demosthenes (De Pais. Leg.), Isocrates (Trapeziticus),
Apollonius Ehodius (Book ii.), and the Epistles of Pseudo-Hippocrates ;
but they are of no great extent or importance. The theological texts
include small portions of Genesis (3rd aud 4th centt.), Joshua (4th. cent.,
on vellum), Matthew (5th or 6th cent., vellum, and 5th cent., papyrus),
James (late 3rd cent.), Hennas (4th cent.), aud four treatises of Philo
(3rd cent.). All except the first Genesis fragment are in book form.

The " Societa Italiaua per la ricerca dei Papiri greci e latini in Egitto "
has paid the Egypt Exploration Fund the compliment of imitation in more
than one respect. It has obtained permission to dig at Oxyrhynchus, on
those portions of the site which Messrs. Grenfell and Hunt had left
unexplored, and the results are published in a form closely resembling that
of the volumes of our Graeco-Eoman Branch. The first volume,3 which has
appeared this summer, is under the general editorship of Prof. Vitelli, but
is mainly the work of Prof. E. Pistelli, the director of the excavations at
Oxyrhynchus, and of three young scholars, T. Lodi, M. ISTorsa, and
L. Cammelli. The volume contains 112 texts, of which eleven may be
classed as theological, 23 (including three Latin) as literary or semi-
literary, and the remainder as documents. Thirteen plates of facsimiles
are appended to the volume. The non-literary documents will be dealt
with in a subsequent part of this Eeport. The theological texts are small,
and none is earlier than the fourth century. The most interesting are no. 2,
a fragment of a vellum codex of St. Luke, containing xxii, 45-47, 50-53,
with the omission of verse 51; no. 6, some small papyrus fragments of
the Protevangelium of St. James ; and nos. 26 and 27, containing portions
of the martyrdoms of St. Paphnutius and St. Cristina, written in the same
hand (of the 5th century) respectively on the recto and verso of one sheet
of papyrus. These Acta Martyrum are a new feature in papyrus literature,
and are therefore all the more welcome. Among the literary texts seven are
Homeric, of no special note (the earliest would appear to be of the second
rather than the first century), except that no. 10 consists of portions of
what must have been a very large codex (assigned to the fourth century),
containing at least Books iii.-xiii. of the Iliad, and presumably more. The
unknown texts are too small to be of any importance, except a portion of an
index to the Digest, which is of interest to students of jurisprudence. The
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