Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt: Volume 2, Historical Studies

Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt: Volume 2, Historical Studies

ISBN-10:
0521838398
ISBN-13:
9780521838399
Pub. Date:
01/31/2006
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt: Volume 2, Historical Studies

The historical studies of this second volume provide a new look at the economic and social history of Ptolemaic Egypt. The salt-tax registers of P.Count not only throw light on key aspects of the fiscal policy of the Greek pharaohs but also provide the best information for family and household structure for the Western world before the fifteenth century AD. The makeup of the population is thoroughly analysed here in both demographic and occupational terms. A constant theme running throughout is the impact of the Greeks on the indigenous population of Egypt. This is traced in cultural policies, in administrative geography, in the realm of stock-rearing and in the changing religious affiliations traceable through the names that parents gave their children. The extent to which Egypt is typical of the Hellenistic world more widely is the final topic addressed.

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ISBN-13: 9780521838399
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/31/2006
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies Series
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. Ptolemies, taxes and papyri; 2. The census; 3. The salt-tax and other taxes; 4. Settlement in the Fayum; 5. The people counted; 6. Counting the animals; 7. Family matters; 8. Naming the people; 9. Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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