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Oxyrhynchus: A City and its Texts, Virtual Exhibition: Daily Life

First century AD

The precise purpose of this ‘list of sacred net-fishermen of Athena Thoeris’ remains unclear, but it adds to the evidence for the amalgamation of Greek and Egyptian cults and perhaps for the varieties of animal-worship so popular in Egypt, since there may have been a fish cult connected with Thoeris.

Eleven fishermen are listed under the headings of various districts of Oxyrhynchus. The text is not dated, but is assigned to the first century on the basis of the script.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol.LXIV no.4440