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Athenaeus Third century AD sophist: wrote Deipnosophists ('Pundits at Supper'), a very thorough literary anthology on dinners
Bahr Yusuf Branch of the Nile that feeds into the Fayum
Fertile irrigated oasis area centring on Lake Moeris, fed by the Bahr Yusuf Nome Administrative unit of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, inherited from the Dynastic period. Oxyrhynchus is in the southern part (the 'Division of Polemon') of the Arsinoite Nome Oxyrhynchus Regional capital in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt: the Oxyrhynchus Papyri were dug out of its rubbish dumps. See feature: Waste Paper City
Oxyrhynchus Fish Literally, 'sharp-nose': a local fish worshipped by the people of Oxyrhynchus as their patron deity. Genus is Mormyrus: the sharp nose, soft and fleshy, is for poking around in the river mud for food.
Papyrus A reed growing in the Nile, made into
a paper by pasting split fibres at right angles
Riparius Sophist A professional rhetorician or pundit of the early centuries AD
Strategus Literally, 'general': local magistrate in the Hellenistic infrastructure inherited by the Romans, in overall charge of a nome. Addressee of many written complaints and petitions!
Verso The 'back' side of a papyrus roll. The fibres run from top to bottom: harder to write on. Ancient users often tore up old books and used the verso for receipts, notes etc. See also: recto