Egypt Exploration Fund [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1911-1912

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the list; viz., Magnius Felix Crescentillianus, about a.d. 200, Claudius
Firmus, about a.d. 265, and Hadrianus Sallustius, a.d. 280. The texts in
the Italian volume, seventy-six in number, contain samples of most of the
usual categories of non-literary papyri, census- and tax-registers, tax-
receipts, sales, leases, loans and other contracts, and private correspon-
dence. The dates range from the first century b.c. to a.d. 612. Among
the more important may be mentioned nos. 53, a set of census returns for
a.d. 132-3, in which the names of females are included in separate
categories; 64, a contract of marriage (whether regular or irregular is
uncertain), of the first century b.c.; 61, 62, and 86, guarantees for the
presence of an individual in a certain locality; and 76, a claim for com-
pensation on the failure of such a guarantee. Nos. 101-108 are remark-
able as examples of the success of photography in making legible the
texts of burnt papyri; they are administrative documents from Mendes,
in the Delta, of the end of the second century. A facsimile is given of
one of them, which is a decisive proof of the efficacy of the methods
adopted by the firm of Alinari. No. 109 appears to relate to a transaction
of the same nature as that which is the subject of Oxyrhynchus Pap. 1200,
but the language is different. The volume concludes with the usual

Another important publication of non-literary texts is the second volume
of the Lille Papyri,12 of which Parts II., III., IV. are issued together in
advance of Part I. It is more homogeneous than the two volumes just
described, but less novel; for it contains the definitive publication of the
Magdola Papyri. The publication is made by the Institut Papyrologique
of the University of Lille, under the general direction of M. Pierre
Jouguet, but the immediate editor of this volume is M. Jean Lesquier.
In addition to the original decipherments of MM. Jouguet and Lefebvre
(see this Eeport for 1902-3, no. 15), he has had the advantage of a revision
of the originals by Prof. Wilcken, and the criticisms of various scholars;
consequently the texts as now printed may be regarded as thoroughly
trustworthy. They are well printed, and provided with translations and
notes; and M. Lesquier has prefixed a general introduction of fifty pages
dealing with the form of the documents, the administrative methods
disclosed, the Egyptian calendar, and other matters. The Magdola Papyri
(which, it will be remembered, consist of a group, 42 in number, of
petitions addressed to the king, dated in the years 222-218 b.c., with the
dockets of the officials concerned) consequently take their place definitely
alongside the Petrie, Tebtunis, and Hibeh Papyri among the principal
materials available for the Ptolemaic period. A set of 12 facsimiles is

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