Saturday, July 22, 2006

The City of the Sharp Nosed Fish

Earlier this week there was a programme on UK BBC2 (repeated from BBC4, I gather) about the papyri found in the rubbish dumps of Oxyrhynchos. The city was in Egypt and essentially a Greek foundation (after Alexander's conquest) , which continued into the Roman period, up to the 7th century AD. The 19th century excavators found lost texts of poets such as Saphho, and playwrights such as Sophocles, as well as more day-to-day texts concerning the lives of the ordinary people of the city.

Only a small percentage of the finds have actually been translated, and the papyri are still being worked on. This reminded me that I'd once heard some radio programmes about the translations of the texts, and the assocated web pages can be found here. Unfortunately, the programmes, last broadcast in 2002 are not available for re-play. Perhaps they'll be repeated soon. There is also Oxyrhynchus Online, which includes a piece on the recent imaging developments as mentioned in the BBC programme.

PS Just to make those living in the south of England cry in sheer envy: we had rain, along with thunder & lightning at 2am this morning.


At 2:20 pm BST, Blogger Stephen said...

I can't guarantee that these work, but you might try:

City of the Sharp Nosed Fish Programme 1

City of the Sharp Nosed Fish Programme 2

City of the Sharp Nosed Fish Programme 3

City of the Sharp Nosed Fish Programme 4

The rain hit Cheltenham at about noon.

At 9:08 am BST, Blogger Diane said...

Did you get storms at teatime too? We did - and my washing still wasn't on the line. :o)

At 10:10 am BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

Looks like your links still work. Wonder why there aren't links on the webpages? Thanks Stephen :-)

Yes, Diane, we had some rip-snorting thunder, and a fair amount of rain at around 5pm. Obviously, I can't blame it on your washing this time ;-)

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