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    DescriptionIn 1897 two Oxford archaeologists began digging a mound south of Cairo. Ten years later, they had uncovered 500,000 fragments of papyri. Shipped back to Oxford, the meticulous and scholarly work of deciphering these fragments began. It is still going on today. As well as Christian writings from totally unknown gospels and Greek poems not seen by human eyes since the fall of Rome, there are tax returns, petitions, private letters, sales documents, leases, wills and shopping lists. What they found was the entire life of a flourishing market-town - Oxyrhynchos ( the 'city of the sharp-nosed fish' ), - encapsulated in its waste paper. The total lack of rain in this part of Egypt had preserved the papyrus beneath the sand, as nowhere else in the Roman Empire. We hear the voices of barbers, bee-keepers and boat-makers, dyers and donkey-drivers, weavers and wine-merchants, set against the great events of late antiquity: the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the coming of Christianity. The result is an extraordinary and unique picture of everyday life in the Nile Valley between Alexander the Great in 300 BC and the Arab conquest a thousand years later.


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    Title
    The City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish
    Subtitle
    Greek Lives in Roman Egypt
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Parsons
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753822333
    ISBN 10: 0753822334
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    DC22: 932.016
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NHHA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAE
    Edition statement
    Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    01 December 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Peter Parsons was Lecturer in Papyrology from 1960 to 1989 and Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University from 1989 until his retirement in 2003. For many years he was chairman of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project of the British Academy, of which he has been a Fellow since 1977. He lives in Oxford.
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    a memorable book LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS astonishing work of research and imagination THE HERALD a remarkable book... to miss this is to iss a very rich treat -- Paul Foster Expository Times