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Land and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt
The Structure of Land Tenure

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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044301

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  • By revealing the dynamics between central and local power in Egypt, Joe Manning demonstrates that Ptolemaic economic power ultimately shaped Roman Egyptian social and economic institutions. His book offers a framework for understanding the structure of the Ptolemaic state and economy, as well as the relationship between the new Ptolemaic economic institutions and the ancient Egyptian legal traditions of property rights. Historians of Egypt and the Hellenistic world will welcome the volume.

    • Brings the Ptolemaic demotic papyri into a discussion of the Ptolemaic state for the first time
    • Provides a discussion of the Greek administrative papyri
    • Introduces social theory into the study of the papyri
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    Reviews & endorsements

    " of the most important books on Ptolemaic studies in recent years and full of intriguing details. It is difficult to do it justice in such a short review." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    "this work provides a vigorous analysis of the existing evidence, and makes a significant contribution to studies on Ptolemaic Egypt." American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044301
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.534kg
    • contains: 2 maps 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps, figures and tables
    Units of measure
    Part I. Issues and Historical Background:
    1. Issues and methodologies
    2. The Ptolemaic state and its antecedents
    Part II. Regional Case Studies of Land Tenure:
    3. The land tenure regime in Upper Egypt
    4. The land tenure regime in the Fayyum depression
    Part III. Interpretation:
    5. The Ptolemaic state, the land tenure regime, and economic power
    6. The private transmission of land
    7. Conclusions
    List of references
    Index of sources
    General index.

  • Author

    J. G. Manning, Stanford University, California
    J. G. Manning is Assistant Professor of Ancient History at Stanford University and has published The Hauswaldt Papyri: A Third Century B.C. Family Dossier from Edfu (1997; 3924151059).

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