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Rosario Pintaudi (ed.) Antinoupolis I. Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli" Scavi e Materiali 1. Florence: Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli",
2008. 552 pages + map in separate packet. ISBN 978-88-87829-38-9.
Antinoupolis I is the first volume of a projected series of preliminary reports on the excavations of the Istituto Papirologico "G. Vitelli," in this case at
Antinoopolis in Middle Egypt. Most of the reports pertain to the 2000-2007
work, but some go back much further. The volume is not an introduction to
the site, much less a final report, but a series of stand-alone specialist reports.
Since all the chapters are in the authors' own styles, there is no consistent style
for bibliographies, references, or illustrations. There is no index or list of illustrations, and chapters are not even numbered. All reports are in Italian unless
otherwise noted. That said, the volume presents an enormous amount of new
information, most of it well illustrated. The lavish use of color is especially valuable for artifacts such as glass, dipinti, papyri, paintings, and site photographs.
Chapter 1 (reviewer's numbering) summarizes previous work at Antinoopolis from the early 20th century onwards, and in more detail the 2000
through 2007 seasons. Most of the 2003 and 2004 excavations centered on
trenches A, B, and C at Kom II A, and most of the later seasons on the North
Necropolis. There are no maps showing the specific location of these operations, but most of them can be generally located on the excellent 1998 1:4000
and 1:2000 maps contained in a separate pocket. Chapter 1 is translated into
English in chapter 28.
Judging from the staff list, the focus of excavation was on texts, and this set
of reports is indeed one of the strengths of the volume. Chapter 5 presents an
overview. A few fragments, mostly 6th-8th century Coptic and a few 4th-5th
century Greek texts, were recovered from Kom II A, but the majority came
from the North Necropolis. The documents are on parchment or papyrus, in
Greek or Coptic, and include Biblical fragments, many oracle letters, an exorcism, contracts, the "Book of Re," and a fragment of the Odyssey. Twenty oracle
letters and phylacteries are shown in various stages of conservation, as well as
some parchment fragments, including pages from Isaiah and 2 Kings. Chapters
6 and 7 deal with a piece of painted papyrus showing two (or three?) imperial
figures on a horse or horses. It may have been part of a 4th-6th century pattern
book. Chapter 8 treats the Odyssey fragment, which contains part of Book 3
and dates to the late 3rd or early 4th century. Chapter 9 (French) transcribes
and discusses two of the Biblical parchments. The 2 Kings fragment consists
of two columns on each side of the page. On the basis of the majuscule Greek
script it may be dated to the end of the 5th century, which makes it one of the
oldest if not the oldest fragment of 2 Kings. Four fragments from the Book of