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In November, 1892, the last of Lepsius' conrpanions in his great
expedition to Egypt passed away. Fifty years ago Mr. J. W. Wild
accompanied the expedition as a volunteer as far as Cairo. There,
however, he soon abandoned the more ancient monuments and devoted
himself for professional purposes to the study of the rich remains of
Saracenic architecture in the Egyptian capital. After his return to
England in 1848, Mr. Wild designed many important public buildings
and churches, but suffered severely in health. His last days were spent
in the congenial atmosphere of the Soane Museum in Lincoln's Inn
Fields, known to Egyptologists as the resting-place of the famous
alabaster coffin of Seti I., discovered by Belzoni.
We regret to learn that Professor Georg Ebers is compelled by weak
health to give up the chair of Egyptology, which he has so long and
honourably filled, at the University of Leipzig. Georg Ebers is equally
well known as a writer of novels and popular works on Egypt, and as
the genial instructor and encourager of students, not to mention his
scientific works and the great papyrus that bears his na'__ A —------'
his former pupils may be mentioned Professor Erman a£ ^\\f/J
Meyer, and 0. von Leinm. Ebers' successor in the LeifjEj- J^SMg^J
ship is to be Dr. G. Steindorff, at present Assistant 1=_ ^jjfj^
Egyptian Museum at Berlin. E ^
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B.—GR^E CO-EGYPT IAN LITERARY DISC -
The last half-century has seen the development of a virtu; ="
of arehasological research, arising from the discovery in 1' E-
number of documents on papyrus, belonging to the pe S-
from the accession of the Ptolemies to the Arab Conquest. =-
the earliest important discoveries in this department \vei=-
fifty years ago, the greatest, both in quantity and quali 5-
place within the last three years. It is the object of E.
summarise these discoveries very briefly, and to show thEL
of knowledge with reference to them. The papyri are =_
which may be named_utarary and documentary, the to =_
works of literature, the latter official and private documei E_
The year 1891 opened with the announcement of the j E_
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