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Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt

Volume 1. Population Registers (P. Count)

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  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521124874

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  • How did a new Egyptian dynasty cope with the problems of establishing rule in a country with a long history of developed administration? This volume publishes fifty-four Ptolemaic papyri from the Fayum and Middle Egypt, with English translations and extensive commentaries. Dating from c. 250-150 BC and written in either Greek or Egyptian demotic, the texts record lists of adults, arranged by village, occupation and social group, and by household, together with the taxes paid on their persons, their livestock and trades. Volume I provides the documentary basis for the historical studies of Volume II, enabling it to reveal much about Hellenistic Egypt's taxation system, the occupational and demographic breakdown of the population, and relations between Greeks and Egyptians.

    • The texts (in both Greek and Egyptian demotic), together with the historical studies, provide a broad picture of Hellenistic society
    • These volumes illuminate many aspects of the relations (and differences) between immigrant Greeks and the existing majority Egyptian population
    • The rich demographic material from third-century BC Egypt allows family reconstruction and the analysis of ethnic differences
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    "These Volumes are a must-read for anybody interested in Ptolemaic Egypt, or the Hellenistic world at large."
    Arthur Verhoogt, Sehepunkte

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521124874
    • length: 724 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of figures
    List of abbreviations
    List of conventions
    Greek records including: salt-tax records, household records, tax-district records, tax-collectors records, list of occupations, list of ethnics and occupations, tax-exemptions records, taxpayers records, tax-registers

  • Authors

    Willy Clarysse, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

    Dorothy J. Thompson, Girton College, Cambridge

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