Peogbess of Egyptology.
Jensen and other scholars. The photographs are dark in colour, and in
doubtful passages recourse must (as usual) be had to the original; but for
those who have not access to the original this volume will be the necessary
basis of all future work on the text of these plays. The publication
represents a great amount of labour, for which it must have been difficult
for M. Lefebvre to find time in the midst of his official duties; and the
gratitude of scholars is due to him.
Together with the Menander, M. Lefebvre gave facsimiles of some other
papyrus leaves found at Kom-Ishgau, and these have led to one of the
most interesting minor finds of the year. Among them were fragments
which Lefebvre rightly recognised as belonging to the Old Comedy, and
which were almost immediately identified by Korte, van Leeuwen and
others as coming from the "Demi" of Eupolis.9 Portions of some 117
lines are preserved, which are enough to give us some idea of the most
famous play of one of Aristophanes' chief rivals. A further study
of the fragments, on their historical side, has been produced by
Prof. Bruno Keil.10
A small collection of literary texts comes from Marburg, where
Prof. Kalbfleisch has established a class of students of j>apyrology, to one
of whom, Dr. E. Schaefer, he has entrusted the publication of this little
volume.11 It contains an unimportant fragment of Homer, 77. iv. ; some
scholia on II. xi.; an astrological and a grammatical fragment; a Christian
amulet of about the fifth century; and a small theological fragment. The
amulet, which is based upon the Lord's Prayer and a few other verses
of the New Testament, is the most novel of the six texts published.
Eacsimiles are given of all, from which one would judge that the date
assigned to no. 4 (fourth century) is much too late.
Among publications of non-literary texts, Oxyrhynolms Papyri ix. and
the volume of the Societa Italiana have already been mentioned.
Dr. Hunt gives 39 texts, ranging in date from a.d. 13 to the fifth century,
and including official correspondence and records, legal documents, and
private correspondence. Among the larger and more important are
nos. 1200, an application to the archidicastes, asking him to communicate
to the record office at Oxyrhynchus the publication at Alexandria of a
deed of sale, a.d. 266; 1202, a complaint as to the omission of a name
from the list of ephebi, a.d. 217 ; 1204, a claim by a person who had
obtained the rank of Kpariaro^ that he was exempt from service as
de/caTTpcD-os, a.i). 299 ; 1205, manumissio inter amicos, a.d. 291; and 1208,
a public affirmation of the validity of a private contract of sale of the
previous year, a.d. 291. The names of three new prefects are added to