Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt: A Sourcebook

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This book makes available to students and other non-specialists a varied collection of over three hundred translated texts and fifty illustrations relating to women's lives in Greek and Roman Egypt. These are accompanied by an introductory chapter and full explanatory notes. It makes accessible to all those interested in social history, and in particular the lives of women, this extraordinarily rich body of material from the ancient world.
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' … a tremendously welcome book for scholars and students of women in the ancient Mediterranean world, ancient history, social and cultural studies, Egypt.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

'This is a book of excellent quality and scope, and I shall be using it with my students.' Paul McKechnie, Prudentia

'It is, in short, a work of the highest quality, devised and executed with exceptional care. Its usefulness will stretch beyond courses solely about women: much of the material has wider application, as the title announces.' B. C. McGing, The Classical Review

'… bridges the linguistic differences between the disciplines of Egyptology and papyrology and makes the rich textual sources for Greek and Roman Egypt available to a wider audience of scholars and students alike … valuable … a concise, helpful overview of technicalities … Rowlandson and her collaborators are to be commended for this sound and readable volume, which will repay the reader who consults it for specific material, reads it straight through, or dips into it at will for a taste of Greek and Roman Egypt.' Journal of Egyptian Archaeology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521582124
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
List of figures
List of plates
Notes for the reader
1 Introduction 1
2 Royalty and religion
I Ptolemaic Queens 25
II Roman Imperial women 41
III Goddesses 46
IV Priestesses 55
V Religion and the Individual 62
VI Christianity 70
3 Family matters
I Perspectives on the family 87
II Archives
A The archive of Zenon, Philadelphia 95
B The Serapeum archive, Memphis 98
C The archive of Dryton and Apollonia alias Senmonthis, Pathyris 105
D The archive of Tryphon, Oxyrhynchos 112
E The archive of Apollonios the strategos and Aline 118
F The archive of Kronion, farmer of Tebtynis, and his family 125
G The archive of Taesion/Taesis 133
H The archive of Gaius Julius Niger 139
J The archive of Satornila and her sons 143
K The archive of Paniskos and Ploutogenia, Philadelphia 147
L The archive of Flavius Dioskoros, Aphrodite 151
4 Status and law
I The Egyptian background 156
II Greek and Egyptian in a colonial society 162
III Roman transformations 174
IV Freedom and responsibility in developed Roman society 195
V Continuity and change in the Coptic texts 212
5 Economic activities
I Women and agricultural land 218
II Women in the non-agricultural economy 245
6 Being female
I Birth, infancy and childhood 282
II Education 299
III Marriage and married life 312
IV Sickness, death and burial 335
V Weaklings or viragos? The ambiguities of womanhood 354
List and concordance of texts 369
Bibliography 382
Index 398
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