Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1909-1910

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yeav. It consists of considérable fragments of tlie fchird and fourth books
of tbe Aetia and of apparently five of the lambi. About 90 lines (in
elegiac couplets) of the Aetia are preserved, mostly in good condition, and
mainly occupied by the story of Acontius and Cydippe. Of the lambi
some 350 lines can be made ont, but only about 80 of thèse form a
continuous passage in reasonably complète state ; the subject of this is
a controversy between the laurel and the olive as to their respective
merits. ïhe lambi are for the most part written in scazons, but some
of the fragments show that Callimachus also made use of trochaic tetra-
meters. The papyrus, which is a codex of the late fourth or fiflh century,
thus adds materially to our knowledge of Callimachus.

The other literary texts in this volume include four Biblical fragments,
from Genesis, 1 Corinthians, Philippians, and 6 Ezra (i.c. 4 Esdras xv-
xvi) respectively. The latter, though very small (a tiny vellum leaf,
containing only three verses), is the most interestiug, as representing the
Greek original of a work hitherto known only in a Latin version. The
new classical texts include (besides the Callimachus) a much mutilated
rhetorical treatise of the first or second century, part of a leaf (fifth or
sixtli century) of the Miaovfj,evo<; of Menander, in which. six or sevcn lines
(out of 44) are nearly complète, a fragment of a historical work, and a
short panegyrical poem of the third century in 22 hexaineter lines. The
remains of known work s include considérable portions of two well-written
MSS. of the Phacdo of the third century, two columns of the Cyropacdia
of Xenophon, of the same date, and the same amount of Chariton's romance,
Chaereas and C'allirhoe, of which two other MSS. have previously been
discovered ia Egypt. Apart from the Callimachus, the harvest may not
appenr rich this year; but we have been spoilt by the two preceding

An interestiug literary discovery is announced from Paris by M. Serruys,
one of the editors of the Jievua de Philologie. This consists of 38 leaves
of a papyrus codex,2 acquired by M. Eevillout in 1893, but never
identified or published by him. It now turns out to be a part of the
same MS. of St. Cyril of Alexandria De Adoratione, of which ten fraginentary
leaves were published by Dean Bernard of Dublin in 1891. Together they
constitute the last six quires (of 8 leaves each) of a volume originally
consisting of 16 quires, or 256 pages, which would have served to contain
books vi-viii of St. Cyril's treatise. The text is in a fine uncial hand,
of the type known as Coptic, akin to that found in the Codex Marchalianus-
and the Festal Letter of the British Muséum, and may Le assigned (as it
was by Dean Bernard) to the sixth century. M. Serruys gives a careful
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