Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1900-1901

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Hesiodic poems occupied forty leaves, beginning on the fifty-second leaf of
the volume. There is nothing to show what preceded or followed them.
The writing is of the fourth or fifth century. Wessely's facsimile
probably exaggerates its roughness and irregularity.

In addition to the above-mentioned Hesiod, Prof. PLeitzenstein has
published some other selections from the Strassburg collection.4* The
most interesting of these is the prologue to a drama of the New Comedy,
which shows us something of the ancestry of both the Plautine and Terentian
prologues. The author refers somewhat contemptuously to the long-
winded narrative prologues, often put into the mouths of gods, such as
we find in Plautus, and, while partly deferring to established custom in
this respect, also gives us a specimen of the more personal prologue, in
which the poet addresses his audience for himself, as Terence is so fond of
■doing. This text, which consists of twenty-nine mutilated lines (assigned
tentatively by Cronert in Wilcken's Archiv to the first century), was first
edited byJKaibel5 (the announcement of whose death, at a comparatively
early age, reaches us, to our great regret, while this Keport is passing-
through the press), then by Rejtzenstein, and again by M. JSZeil.6 The
remaining .Strassburg MSS. include a fragment oOsocxates {in_Demoni-
cum, § 45, of the third century), having on the verso two prose extracts,
one from Favorinus. the other from an unknown author; a lexicon to
the first book of the Iliad (third century), containing the brief scholia
attributed to Didymus ; a mutilated vellum leaf containing Aristophanes,
Clouds 1371-1391, 1407-1428, placed cautiously between the fifth and the
seventh century; and a later vellum leaf, of the eighth or ninth century,
containing Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica iii. 145-161, 173-191. Two
medical fragments at Strassburg are published (with facsimiles) by Prof.
Kalbfleiseh in a Rostock Program,.1 One, of the second century, relates
to diseases of the eye, the other, of about the same date, with accounts
of the third century on the verso, to fevers.

Some interesting texts have been published by Wilcken in his Archiv,
but a lamentable accident has diminished the number and marred the
completeness of his publications. As was recorded at the time in this
Report, in the winter of 18S8-9 he spent a season in Egypt and acquired a
considerable collection of MSS. by purchase and excavation; but all were
destroyed jjy_fire_. at Hamburg, while still on board the vessel which
brought them from the Mediterranean. All scholars will condole with the
discoverer in his ill-fortune, which has deprived him (and them) of most of
the fruits of a season's research. All that remains is certain provisional
transcripts of some of the documents, made before leaving Egypt; and we
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