Greeks in Ptolemaic Egypt: Case Studies in the Social History of the Hellenistic World / Edition 2

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Overview

This is a reprint of Naphtali Lewis' important book on the uses of papyrus records reconstructing life in ancient Egypt. Published in 1986, the first edition of Greeks in Ptolemaic Egypt complemented 'Life in Egypt under Roman Rule' (reprinted in 1999 as 'Classics in Papyrology 1') by providing a perspective on the earlier period. The author presents a series of portraits, describing the lives of inhabitants ranging from the grand (like the Strategos Diophanes) to the humble (like the village clerk, Menkhes). He sets these figures against a prosperous, busy backdrop which he terms 'Eldorado on the Nile'.

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Editorial Reviews

KMT
Greeks in Ptolemaic Egypt is a book which intends to bring (and succeeds) the hellenic population of the Nile Valley to life for us via eminently enjoyable style and masterful integration of original texts in translation into the body of the work.
University of Oxford - Dr Nikolaos Gonis
Essential background reading for the Ptolemaic component of the Documentary Papyrology class at the University of Oxford
KMT: A Modern Journal of Egyptology
Greeks in Ptolemaic Egypt is a book which intends to bring (and succeeds) the hellenic population of the Nile Valley to life for us via eminently enjoyable style and masterful integration of original texts in translation into the body of the work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970059123
  • Publisher: American Society of Papyrologists
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Classics In Papyrology Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 1,354,811
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Plates
Prefactory Notes
Introduction 1
1 The Backdrop: Eldorado on the Nile 8
2 The Engineer Kleon 37
3 Nikanor and Other Bankers 46
4 The Strategos Diophanes 56
5 The Recluse Ptolemaios 69
6 A Greek Stationed among Egyptians: Cavalry Officer Dryton and his Family 88
7 Upward Mobility in the Civil Service: Menkhes, Village Clerk 104
8 Upward Mobility in the Military Services: Dionysios Son of Kephalas; Peteharsemtheus Son of Panebkhounis 124
Epilogue 153
Glossary 157
Notes 159
Maps 173
Description of Plates 178
Indexes 181
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