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

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

by Naphtali Lewis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198148674

ISBN-13: 9780198148678

Pub. Date: 12/04/1986

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198148678
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/04/1986
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Plates
Prefactory Notes
Introduction1
1The Backdrop: Eldorado on the Nile8
2The Engineer Kleon37
3Nikanor and Other Bankers46
4The Strategos Diophanes56
5The Recluse Ptolemaios69
6A Greek Stationed among Egyptians: Cavalry Officer Dryton and his Family88
7Upward Mobility in the Civil Service: Menkhes, Village Clerk104
8Upward Mobility in the Military Services: Dionysios Son of Kephalas; Peteharsemtheus Son of Panebkhounis124
Epilogue153
Glossary157
Notes159
Maps173
Description of Plates178
Indexes181

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