Egypt in Late Antiquity

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"This is an immensely authoritative and detailed work that for many years will be the standard scholarly book on Egypt in the fourth and fifth centuries."—Alan K. Bowman, Christ Church, University of Oxford

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Overview

"This is an immensely authoritative and detailed work that for many years will be the standard scholarly book on Egypt in the fourth and fifth centuries."—Alan K. Bowman, Christ Church, University of Oxford

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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

[This book] represents the most expansive study of Egyptian society in transition yet produced, both voluminously documented and self-critical in its use of papyrological evidence. . . . A tremendous contribution to our understanding of social, economic, and administrative activity in early Byzantine Egypt--and therefore to our knowledge of the late Roman Empire as a whole.
— David Frankfurter
Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews - David Frankfurter
[This book] represents the most expansive study of Egyptian society in transition yet produced, both voluminously documented and self-critical in its use of papyrological evidence. . . . A tremendous contribution to our understanding of social, economic, and administrative activity in early Byzantine Egypt—and therefore to our knowledge of the late Roman Empire as a whole.
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"[This book] represents the most expansive study of Egyptian society in transition yet produced, both voluminously documented and self-critical in its use of papyrological evidence. . . . A tremendous contribution to our understanding of social, economic, and administrative activity in early Byzantine Egypt—and therefore to our knowledge of the late Roman Empire as a whole."—David Frankfurter, Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

"This excellent book assesses the society, economy, and culture of Egypt in the fourth century. . . . Whether dealing with changes in diet or the legal rights of slaves [Bagnall] paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of a century that straddles the end of the Classical world and the beginning of something entirely new."—Choice

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews
[This book] represents the most expansive study of Egyptian society in transition yet produced, both voluminously documented and self-critical in its use of papyrological evidence. . . . A tremendous contribution to our understanding of social, economic, and administrative activity in early Byzantine Egypt—and therefore to our knowledge of the late Roman Empire as a whole.
— David Frankfurter
Choice
This excellent book assesses the society, economy, and culture of Egypt in the fourth century. . . . Whether dealing with changes in diet or the legal rights of slaves [Bagnall] paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of a century that straddles the end of the Classical world and the beginning of something entirely new.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691010960
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,141,968
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
A Note on References and Abbreviations
Introduction 3
1 The Environment 15
2 The Cities 45
3 Country Villages 110
4 City and Country 148
5 People and Families 181
6 Power and Dependence 208
7 Languages, Literacy, and Ethnicity 230
8 This World and the Next 261
9 A Mediterranean Society 310
Appendix 1: Time 327
Appendix 2: Money and Measures 330
Appendix 3: The Nomes 333
Appendix 4: Glossary of Technical Terms 336
Bibliography 339
Index 1: General Index 361
Index 2: Index of Texts Discussed 369
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