How an ancient rubbish dump has given us a unique view of life 2,000 years ago
In 1897 two Oxford archaeologists began digging a low sand-covered mound a hundred miles south of Cairo. When they had finally finished, ten years later, they had uncovered 500 000 fragments of papyri. Shipped back to Oxford, the meticulous and scholarly
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 - Expository Times - Paul Foster
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.