Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1907-1908

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Progress of Egyptology.

fourth consists of fragments of the Pauline Epistles; both of these appear
to be of the sixth century, with the exception of the last leaves of the
Psalter, which are an addition of the ninth century. There has not been
time yet to ascertain the character of their texts. Not since the discovery
of the Codex Sinaiticus have Biblical students had such a windfall, and
the publication of the MSS. will be awaited with eagerness, but with a full
recognition that the fortunate editor must not be unduly hurried.
The same may be said of the papyrus MS. of Genesis at Eerlin, which is
in the hands of Prof. C. Schmidt. The publication of this will follow
that of the long Festal Letter of the eighth century which is in the same
hands, and which may be expected to make its appearance early next

The new fasciculus of the Elorentine papyri,5 edited by Prof. Comparetti,
is also wholly devoted to literary texts, twelve in number. Six of these
are Homeric, containing portions of books i, ii, iii, viii, and xvi of the
Iliad. These are of no particular importance. The other six are portions
of works by unknown authors. One is a commentary on a lost play of
Aristophanes, which Comparetti believes to be the Triphales, while Cronert
{Lit. Zentrcdblatt, 1908, no. 37) gives some not very conclusive reasons
in favour of the P?}pa?. Another is a late panegyrical poem, of the type
made known in the last volume of the Berliner Klassikeriexte. Two more
are portions of philosophical treatises, and the remaining two are insignifi-
cant scraps. Prof. Comparetti has provided the texts with introductions
and notes, and has added facsimiles of all the papyri, for which special
thanks are due to him.

Mr. E. 0. Winstedt has published a number of papyrus fragments which
are in the Aberdeen Museum.6 They include eight small pieces of the
Iliad, the fragment of Alcaeus already made known by Th. Eeinach and
Wilainowitz, a tragic fragment containing the name of Orestes, two comic
fragments, small portions of Demosthenes In Leptinem (c. 78), and
Dioscorides Dc materia medica, three unidentified medical and oratorical
fragments, a few words from a theological work, and no less than eight
Latin fragments, one (on vellum) containing John vii. 27, 28, 30, 31 in
small rustic capitals, the others being unidentified and consisting of only a
few words. Some other Greek fragments are mentioned, but not tran-
scribed. It is rather remarkable that there should be so many literary
fragments, small though they are, and the whole collection at Aberdeen
would perhaps, as Mr. Winstedt suggests, repay fuller examination.

The only literary, or semi-literary, text remaining to be mentioned is a
papyrus in the possession of M. Cattaoui at Cairo, consisting of two
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