Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1903-1904

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Christian Egypt.


described later. Fifteen little " chapels " form a single group of buildings;
but as several of these were undecorated, and as others were used to store
wine-jars, while independent "churches" are spoken of, may not this
group rather represent the main body of monastic buildings ? The
frescoes are of great interest and are reproduced very accurately, as the
photographs show, in C.'s water-colours. Biblical scenes (life of David)
and personages (prophets) alternate with popular saints and monastic
worthies, the latter generally holding large keys. Numerous Coptic
graffiti are printed, many of them unintelligible, and none, it seems, of
special importance.

Dom Cabrol's Dictionaire contains a very exhaustive article by Dom
Leclekcq73 upon the topography and archaeology of Christian Alexandria,
with a sketch of its early ecclesiastical history and a long bibliography.

The same work includes a shorter article, also by Leclekcq, upon the
Christian antiquities (especially the textiles) which have for so long been
coming to the surface at Akhmim (here wrongly spelt Akhrnin).74

Further, by the same writer, an article on the monastic title Ama,15 in
connection with which the texts of several stelae are reproduced.

Excavations at Ed-Deir, near Abu Roash, have disclosed the remains
of a monastery, with rich mosaics and marble columns. According to
Palanque's report,70 inscriptions had been found but since destroyed—a
real loss, as we know so little of the monasteries once famous in the
neighbourhood of Memphis.

A contribution towards our knowledge of the cult of St. Menas is made
by Blompield and Dutilh, who describe twenty-nine flasks in the
Alexandria Museum76". Among the types is that (no. 2) of the horseman
—St. George, according to V. Schultze—which recalls the ivory comb
published by Strzygowski (Kopt. Kunst, Taf. xvii) and still requiring

The identity of Menas, the saint formerly honoured at Salona, is still
doubtful (v. Report, 1899-1900, 51). It is now suggested that the inscrip-
tions found may refer to a deposition of his relics.77

8. Miscellaneous. A descriptive catalogue oftheMSS. brought from the
East by Ciasca,78 includes several Christian-Arabic books, among which a
work by Paul of Boush (sic), a popular 13th century divine ; and a list of
the Coptic papyri published by the late cardinal, but now, so far as I have
been able to ascertain, mislaid.

Db Ricci devotes several pages to a description of von Lemm's works,
adding various bibliographical notes.79

In Lady Amherst's Egyptian history a long chapter is devoted to the
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