Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “City Of The Sharp Nosed Fish: Greek Lives In Roman Egypt” as Want to Read:
City Of The Sharp Nosed Fish: Greek Lives In Roman Egypt
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

City Of The Sharp Nosed Fish: Greek Lives In Roman Egypt

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In 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 o...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published 2007 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about City Of The Sharp Nosed Fish, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about City Of The Sharp Nosed Fish

Peter Pan by J.M. BarrieThe Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix PotterThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisAmadeus by Peter ShafferThe Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
For Pete's Sake ...
103rd out of 315 books — 37 voters
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest HemingwayJaws by Peter BenchleyOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. SeussMoby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman MelvilleSo Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
One Fish, Two Fish ...
83rd out of 164 books — 78 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 90)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jan-Maat
Between 1896 and 1907 the British Egypt Exploration Fund employed Bernard Grenfell (1870-1926) and Arthur Hunt (1871-1934) to lead excavations in the Egyptian village of El-Behnesa, the site of the classical city of Oxyrhynchus (Sharp-Nosed Fish), with a view to discovering papyri from the city's Christian period when it was said to have been home to tens of thousands of monks and nuns.

The first digging season they discovered part of the then unknown Gospel of Thomas and over six seasons working...more
Greyeyedminerva
This has been sitting on my shelves since it first came out, and I only now got around to reading it - and I wish I'd done it sooner! This is a fascinating and engagingly written book about the Greco-Roman town of Oxyrhynchus in Egypt, and its papyrus finds. The book starts with a bit of the history of Egyptian exploration by modern Europeans, and then goes into more detail about the excavation of Oxyrhynchus itself (this was one of my favorite parts). After a chapter on pre-Roman Hellenized Oxy...more
Richard
For those of us who have encountered Roman-era Egypt primarily as a mysterious land of philosophers, clerics, and monks, Parson’s book provides a healthy corrective. As the author notes, “Patriarchs have their historians, monks have their devout anecdotes. Ordinary people leave their mark through the papyrus documents, the worm’s-eye view of Christianity on the march in Egypt, as seen in the lives of its followers and the circulation of its texts” (196). The wealth of material from Oxyrhynchus i...more
Meaghan
I don't think this book is as engaging as it could have been -- like, say, if Philip Matyszak had written it -- but it's far from dry either. The story is of a minor Greco-Egyptian city in ancient times that, through accident of location, wound up yielding an archaeologist's wet-dream in the form of a two-thousand-year-old city dump full of papyrus debris such as letters, receipts, petitions, schoolboys' notebooks, lists, cartoons, etc etc etc, that shows in a way that nothing else can what life...more
Grady McCallie
In 1897, archeologists discovered the trash of the ancient town of Oxyrhynchos, well south of Cairo. The massive trove of papyrus unearthed from the site has taken over a century to translate -- the work continues even now. In this book, Peter Parsons, longtime head of the translation project, draws on the corpus to describe the social, economic, and political structure of the town in the first through the fourth centuries A.D. The book is interesting, but for a non-specialist, much of the detai...more
Douglas
A detailed and readable reference tool documenting life in Oxyrhynchus two thousand years ago.
Tracy
If anyone ever tells you history is boring and irrelevant, have them read this.
Sally
Surprisingly readable.
Magda Kossakowska
Magda Kossakowska marked it as to-read
Sep 09, 2014
Lorena
Lorena marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2014
Misha
Misha marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
Iset
Iset marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
Cliff Kvidahl
Cliff Kvidahl is currently reading it
May 14, 2014
Aaron Wolfson
Aaron Wolfson marked it as to-read
May 03, 2014
Julia
Julia marked it as to-read
May 15, 2014
James Anderson
James Anderson marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2014
Tim Dixon
Tim Dixon is currently reading it
Jan 19, 2014
Fynn
Fynn marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2014
Whatwhenwhere
Whatwhenwhere marked it as to-read
Dec 03, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Slashing Home Energy Costs London Review of Books: Anthology 1 Supplementum Hellenisticum

Share This Book