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

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The extensive conquests of Alexander the Great were followed by a flood of greek migration into lands formerly ruled by Persia, among them, Egypt. The survival of Egyptian family archives makes it possible to study the fortunes of some of these immigrants with an immediacy unmatched by any other ancient source. These archives tell such stories as the engineer Kleon's battle with problems of irrigation and silting, while the district officer Diophanes deals with disputes arising from the mutual hostility between the Greek and Persian populations. The Egyptians, Menkhes the village clerk and Peteharsemtheus the soldier gain priviliges enjoyed by the Greeks through such service, while Greek cavalry officer Dryton marries an Egyptian, and his descendants begin to lose their Greek identity. Through these and other case studies, Naphtali Lewis presents us with a vivid recreation of life in Ptolemaic Egypt.
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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
  • 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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