The Resource The city of the sharp-nosed fish : Greek lives in Roman Egypt, Peter Parsons

The city of the sharp-nosed fish : Greek lives in Roman Egypt, Peter Parsons

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The city of the sharp-nosed fish : Greek lives in Roman Egypt
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The city of the sharp-nosed fish
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Greek lives in Roman Egypt
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Peter Parsons
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Language
eng
Summary
"In 1897 two Oxford archaeologists began digging a series of low sand-covered mounds a hundred miles south of Cairo, on a side-branch of the Nile. They turned out to be the rubbish-dumps of an administrative centre and thriving city at the time of the Roman Empire - Oxyrhynchos ('City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish') - inhabited by descendants of the Greek immigrants who had colonized Egypt after Alexander the Great's conquest in 332 BC." "When Grenfell and Hunt had finally finished ten years later, they had uncovered, amidst the rubbish, 500,000 fragments of papyri. The papyri were shipped back to Oxford and the task of deciphering these fragments began. It is still going on today." "These papyri are a unique treasure-trove of original books and documents, in which lost masterpieces of Greek literature not seen by human eyes since the fall of Rome, and fragments of censored Christian Gospels, rub shoulders with tax returns, petitions, private letters, sales documents, loans, leases, wills and shopping-lists. What the excavators had found was the entire life and culture of a flourishing market-town, encapsulated in its waste paper." "We hear the voices of bee-keepers and boat-makers, dyers and donkey-drivers, weavers and wine-merchants, set against the great events of their age - the climax and crisis of the Roman Empire and the coming of Christianity."--BOOK JACKET
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Dewey number
932.022
Illustrations
illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
The city of the sharp-nosed fish : Greek lives in Roman Egypt, Peter Parsons
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  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-226) and index
  • Includes bibliography (p. 217-226) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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469770
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25 cm.
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xiii, 258 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780297645887
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(hbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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color illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) NP469770
  • 11115322
  • (Uk)013601602
  • (BNAtoc)B2802948

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