Greek Papyri Beneath the Egyptian Sand Reveal a Long-Lost World
Paperback 258pp Illustrated
9780753822333   Product Code: 72500
From the Gospel of Thomas to shopping lists and a boy's letter home ('If you don't send for me I won't eat I won't drink so there'), the 500,000 papyrus fragments discovered on ancient rubbish dumps at Oxyrhynchus, south of Cairo, document a flourishing market town. Professor Parsons tells the story of their rediscovery and explores what they reveal about life against the background of crisis in the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity.