Egypt in Late Antiquity

Egypt in Late Antiquity


By (author) Roger S. Bagnall

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 388 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 25mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 069101096X
  • ISBN 13: 9780691010960
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 11 halftones, 1 map
  • Sales rank: 526,918

Product description

This book brings together a vast amount of information pertaining to the society, economy, and culture of a province important to understanding the entire eastern part of the later Roman Empire. Focusing on Egypt from the accession of Diocletian in 284 to the middle of the fifth century, Roger Bagnall draws his evidence mainly from documentary and archaeological sources, including the papyri that have been published over the last thirty years.

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Review quote

"[This book] represents the most expansive study of Egyptian society in transition yet produced, both voluminously documented and self-critical in its use of papyrological evidence... A tremendous contribution to our understanding of social, economic, and administrative activity in early Byzantine Egypt--and therefore to our knowledge of the late Roman Empire as a whole."--David Frankfurter, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "This excellent book assesses the society, economy, and culture of Egypt in the fourth century... Whether dealing with changes in diet or the legal rights of slaves [Bagnall] paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of a century that straddles the end of the Classical world and the beginning of something entirely new."--Choice

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"This is an immensely authoritative and detailed work that for many years will be the standard scholarly book on Egypt in the fourth and fifth centuries."--Alan K. Bowman, Christ Church, University of Oxford

Table of contents

List of Illustrations 1The Environment 2The Cities 3Country Villages 4City and Country 5People and Families 6Power and Dependence 7Languages, Literacy, and Ethnicity 8This World and the Next 9A Mediterranean Society Appendix 1: Time Appendix 2: Money and Measures Appendix 3: The Nomes Appendix 4: Glossary of Technical Terms Bibliography Index 1: General Index Index 2: Index of Texts Discussed