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I would like to point out that although the numbering of the columns on Papyrus Ebers does end with 110, there are in fact only 108 columns; the scribe who numbered the pages, who was not the same as the scribe who wrote out the text, skipped numbers 28 and 29. This was most likely due to the fact that 110 was a special number to the Egyptians, and moreover that 110 years was for them the ideal lifespan.
I am grateful for this information to Diana Beuster, PhD candidate in Classics at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, who presented a resume of this papyrus at the 4th Annual Texts in Context Conference, October 26th - 27th, 2007, sponsored by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies at the Ohio State University, Prof. Frank Coulson, Director.
According to Ms. Beuster, there has been little work done on this papyrus in a number of years since the first edition and translation, with the exception of the calendrical text that appears on the back of it.
-Rob Phenix, PhD, Oct. 28th, 2007. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 01:11, 29 October 2007 (UTC)
We could incorporate it in the article, but for good form we'd need to link it to a source, not necessarily a peer-rewiewed cite for that, but for instance if you or Ms. Beuster would add this tidbit to an online page about the topic hosted at the Uni or similar? Or if this has been published in the conference proceedings, providing the cite with page number would be enough.
Also, how has it been established that it's not two pages lost/missing? Is the text continuing from the end of 27 to the start of 30? And any idea how/why the scribe would chose which numbers to deliberately skip, are 28&29 bad numbers?