Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1908-1909

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Progress of Egyptology.

him and Wilcken from a bilingual papyrus at Berlin,8 containing a sale of
the services and emoluments connected with a number of tombs, -which
are specified.

The number of museums and libraries containing Greek papyri is rapidly
increasing. At Giessen is a group of documents whose provenance is from
the district known as 'E7TTa«w/xt'a, and whose date is early in the reign
of Hadrian. Four of these, which appear to be offers to rent domain land
and are of interest as containing references to a decree of Hadrian
lightening the burdens on such land, have been published (with one
facsimile) by Kornemann;9 and Wilcken, in reviewing his publication,10
adds two parallel texts from Leipzig and Bremen. Another Giessen text,
containing a reference to some foreign cult of Apollo and other gods at
Hermopolis, is published by P. Meyer;11 and two more by 0. Eger,12 one
being a receipt of a special kind from Hermopolis, and the other part of
a recitation of a legal process, apparently from Oxyrhynchus.

A somewhat mutilated account from Karanis, of the second century, is
published, without commentary, by Professor E. J. Goodspeed.13 It
contains several new words, including some names of measures of capacity.
Schubart reproduces two tachygraphic texts from the Berlin collection, but
without attempting the hopeless task of interpretation.14

Of texts on materials other than papyrus the harvest is more plentiful
than usual. Bubensohn has published in the Archiv15 twenty-four
inscriptions obtained from dealers in Egypt, now mostly in the Lyceum
Hosianum at Braunsberg in East Prussia. They include dedicator}' and
funerary texts, of no great length and for the most part of no special
importance. The most remarkable, if rightly assigned by the editor to the
reign of the first Ptolemy, shows that not only he but also his third wife
Berenice was deified during their life-time. M. Lesquier has republished
the long Ptolemaic military inscription from Hermopolis,10 first printed
by Lefebvre last year, in order to bring out more clearly the system on
which it is arranged. He assigns its date to the end of the second
century b.c., and "discusses the various terms of military rank which in
contains. Zereteli gives in the Archiv the texts of forty ostraka in the
Hermitage at St. Petersburg,17 emanating mainly from Thebes and Syene;
and Prof. Drerup has published ten ostraka of the Byzantine age,18 out of
a collection of nearly two hundred found by C. M. Kaufmann in the
course of excavations at the sanctuaries of Menas in Upper Egypt. Yet
another writing material is represented by the two wooden tablets (one a
single tablet, the other a codex of six leaves) published (with facsimiles)
by the present writer.19 The texts inscribed on these are grammatical,
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