Ptolemy I and the Transformation of Egypt, 404-282 BCE

Ptolemy I and the Transformation of Egypt, 404-282 BCE


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Amyrtaeus, only pharaoh of the Twenty-eighth Dynasty, shook off the shackles of Persian rule in 404 BCE; a little over seventy years later, Ptolemy son of Lagus started the ‘Greek millennium’ (J.G. Manning’s phrase) in Egypt―living long enough to leave a powerful kingdom to his youngest son, Ptolemy II, in 282.

In this book, expert studies document the transformation of Egypt through the dynamic fourth century, and the inauguration of the Ptolemaic state. Ptolemy built up his position as ruler subtly and steadily. Continuity and change marked the Egyptian-Greek encounter. The calendar, the economy and coinage, the temples, all took on new directions. In the great new city of Alexandria, the settlers’ burial customs had their own story to tell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004366961
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/07/2018
Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements / Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity Series , #415
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Paul McKechnie, D.Phil. (1985), University College, Oxford, is Associate Professor (CoRE) in Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has published on Greek and Roman history, and (with Philippe Guillaume) edited Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his World (Brill, 2008).

Jennifer A. Cromwell, PhD (2008), University of Liverpool, is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen. Her work focuses on Late Antique Egypt and she is the author of Recording Village Life: A Coptic Scribe in Early Islamic Egypt (2017).

Contributors are: †Chris Bennett, Henry P. Colburn, Thomas Landvatter, Paul McKechnie, Martina Minas-Nerpel, Boyo G. Ockinga, Dorothy J. Thompson.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

List of Figures and Tables ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Introduction Paul McKechnie 1

1 Ptolemy I in Egypt: Continuity and Change Dorothy J. Thompson 6

2 The Greek Wars: The Fight for Egypt Paul McKechnie 27

3 Soter and the Calendars † Chris Bennett 46

4 The Role of Coinage in the Political Economy of Fourth Century Egypt Henry P. Colburn 70

5 Pharaoh and Temple Building in the Fourth Century BCE Martina Minas-Nerpel 120

6 The Satrap Stele of Ptolemy: A Reassessment Boyo G. Ockinga 166

7 Identity and Cross-cultural Interaction in Early Ptolemaic Alexandria: Cremation in Context Thomas Landvatter 199

Index of Names and Subjects 235

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