Kerkeosiris: An Egyptian Village in the Ptolemanic Period

Kerkeosiris: An Egyptian Village in the Ptolemanic Period

Paperback Cambridge Classical Studies

By (author) Dorothy J. Crawford


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  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 242mm x 16mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521035856
  • ISBN 13: 9780521035859
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, map
  • Sales rank: 1,661,749

Product description

A study of a small agricultural village in the Fayum as a social and economic unit towards the end of the second century BC, which was a period of civil unrest and economic disruption in Egypt. The book is based on papyrus documents from the archive of the village scribe. The archive illustrates many aspects of the village life: types of landholding and methods of cultivation, religious cults, and the names and racial distribution of the people. Where possible, Dr Crawford relates the material to the broader context of the Ptolemaic state. A special feature is the analysis of much more material into tabular form for easy reference.

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Table of contents

List of plates; List of tables; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The land survey; 3. Kerkeosiris; 4. Studies in land and population A. Cleruchic land; 5. Studies in land and population B. Sacred land, cults and temples; 6. Studies in land and population C. Crown land; 7. Irrigation and agriculture; 8. Food and population; 9. Nomenclature; 10. Conclusion; Appendix; Tables; Bibliography; Indices.