Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1902-1903

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sealing of it must have been intended as a safeguard against any tampering
with the substance of the document. The remaining documents (twenty-one
in all) are not of special interest, though they form a substantial addition to
this particular group of papyri, which have the pleasant peculiarity of being
for the most part in good condition.

Part 10 of the Berlin publication, which has also appeared during the
period under notice, is very much of the usual type. It contains twenty-
two texts of the Roman period, two being edited by Wilcken, one by
Gradenwitz, three by Viereck, and the rest by Schubart. The first
(no. 969) adds to our knowledge by showing that the tax of six drachmas
four obols, which is known to have been levied in connection with the
maintenance of embankments, was paid by those who had not asses
with which to work at the embankments in person. Another document
(no. 975) is an agreement for the dissolution of a marriage, with a receipt
for the return of the dowry. No. 981 contains a new double description,
giving the tribe and deme of a citizen of one of the Greek towns,
'AyaOoSoTeios o km 'AxOaievs. The other papyri do not call for special
notice. The appearance of these two parts completes the third volume
(with a total of 1,012 papyri for the three volumes, some of which, however,
have been twice edited), with the exception of the indices, which are
expected to appear this autumn. The Berlin publication goes on " ohne
Hast, ohne Bast," and continually provides material for the historian, the
jurist, and the linguist.

Other text-publications must be described more briefly- Dr. Goodspeed
has published10 (in addition to the two literary fragments mentioned above)
thirteen miscellaneous documents from the Cairo Museum, ranging in date
from the third century b.c. to a.d. 362 ; twelve small papyri of the second
century, now in the Museum of Westminster College, Wilmington, Pennsyl-
vania, eight of them being receipts for seed-corn of the usual type ; and
three papyri of the same date from his own collection, the last being a long
roll of accounts, extending to as much as forty-seven columns, and present-
ing many difficulties of interpretation. The texts appear to be carefully
edited, and are accompanied by brief notes.

A collection of papyri was purchased for Leipzig last year, and as a
foretaste of them a few specimens are published in the Archiv by Prof.
L. Mitteis,11 who here makes his first appearance as a decipherer, rather
than a commentator, of papyri. Four of them (two from Hermopolis and
two from Antinoopolis) bear dates from the end of the fourth century, a
period from which texts have hitherto been scarce ; hence they are of
interest for their dates, formulas, and style, and would be of interest for
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