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Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt

Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt
2 Volume Hardback Set


Part of Cambridge Classical Studies

  • Date Published: August 2006
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521839334

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  • This book consists of two closely related parts. Volume I publishes fifty-four Greek and Egyptian demotic papyri which derive from census and tax activities in Egypt of the third and second centuries BC. Volume II is an historical study, using these texts to analyse fundamental aspects of Ptolemaic Egypt. The salt-tax registers of P. Count. make possible an assessment of the fiscal policy of the new Macedonian pharaohs and an analysis of the population make-up in both ethnic and occupational terms. A demographic analysis of this material exploits the best information for family and household structure for the Western world before the fifteenth century. A constant theme throughout is the impact of the Greeks on the native population of Egypt. This is traced, for example, 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 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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    ' … an invaluable contribution and essential reading for all students of ancient history, Egypt and papyri.' The Journal of Classics Teaching

    'these volumes are a must-read for anybody interested in Ptolemaic Egypt, or the Hellenistic world at large … a wonderful piece of scholarship, setting the framework of Ptolemaic society …' Sehepunkite

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2006
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521839334
    • length: 1056 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 179 x 77 mm
    • weight: 2.6kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Authors

    Willy Clarysse, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    Willy Clarysse is a Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium and teaches in the Departments of Classics and the Ancient Near East at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is the author of Prosopographia Ptolemaica IX, Addenda et corrigenda au volume III (1981), The Petrie Papyri (second edition), I. The Wills (1991) and of the Leuven Database of Ancient Books (htpp://

    Dorothy J. Thompson, Girton College, Cambridge
    Dorothy J. Thompson, a Fellow of the British Academy, teaches ancient history in the University of Cambridge where she is Isaac Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics and a Fellow of Girton College. She is the author of Memphis under the Ptolemies (1988).

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