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The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

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Edited by Christina Riggs

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 816 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 246mm x 52mm | 1,760g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199571457
  • ISBN 13: 9780199571451
  • Illustrations note: 156 in text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 712,090

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Roman Egypt is a critical area of interdisciplinary research, which has steadily expanded since the 1970s and continues to grow. Egypt played a pivotal role in the Roman empire, not only in terms of political, economic, and military strategies, but also as part of an intricate cultural discourse involving themes that resonate today - east and west, old world and new, acculturation and shifting identities, patterns of language use and religious belief, and the management of agriculture and trade. Roman Egypt was a literal and figurative crossroads shaped by the movement of people, goods, and ideas, and framed by permeable boundaries of self and space. This handbook is unique in drawing together many different strands of research on Roman Egypt, in order to suggest both the state of knowledge in the field and the possibilities for collaborative, synthetic, and interpretive research. Arranged in seven thematic sections, each of which includes essays from a variety of disciplinary vantage points and multiple sources of information, it offers new perspectives from both established and younger scholars, featuring individual essay topics, themes, and intellectual juxtapositions.

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Christina Riggs is a lecturer at the University of East Anglia, having previously worked in museums in Cambridge, Manchester, and Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Author of The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt (Oxford 2005), Riggs studied at Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard Univeristy, before receiving her doctorate from Oxford University.

Table of contents

LIST OF FIGURES ; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS ; ABBREVIATIONS ; INTRODUCTION, CHRISTINA RIGGS ; PART 1: LAND AND STATE ; 1. Aegypto capta: Augustus and the Annexation of Egypt ; 2. Between Water and Sand: Agriculture and Husbandry ; 3. Manufacture, Trade, and the Economy ; 4. Government, Taxation, and Law ; 5. The Roman Army in Egypt ; 6. The Imperial Cult in Egypt ; PART 2: CITY, TOWN, AND CHORA ; 7. Alexandria ; 8. Settlement and Population ; 9. Archaeology in the Delta ; 10. The Archaeology of the Fayum ; 11. The Theban Region under the Roman Empire ; 12. Classical Architecture in Roman Egypt ; 13. City of the Dead: Tuna el-Gebel ; 14. The University of Michigan Excavation of Karanis (1924-1935): Images from the Kelsey Museum Photographic Archives ; PART 3: PEOPLE ; 15. Status and Citizenship ; 16. Identity ; 17. The Jews in Roman Egypt: Trials and Rebellions ; 18. Families, Households, and Children in Roman Egypt ; 19. Age and Health, Walter Scheidel ; PART 4: RELIGION ; 20. Religious Practice and Piety ; 21. Coping with a Difficult Life: Magic, Healing, and Sacred Knowledge in Roman Egypt ; 22. Egyptian Temples of the Roman Period ; 23. Funerary Religion in Roman Egypt: The Final Phase of an Egyptian Tradition ; 24. Oracles in Roman Egypt ; 25. Isis, Osiris, and Serapis in the Roman Period ; 26. Imported Cults in Roman Egypt, ; 27. Egyptian Cult: The Evidence from the Temple Scriptoria and Christian Hagiographies ; 28. Christianity ; PART 5: TEXTS AND LANGUAGE ; 29. Language Use, Literacy, and Bilingualism ; 30. Papyri in the Archaeological Record ; 31. Latin in Egypt ; 32. Greek Language, Education, and Literary Culture ; 33. Hieratic and Demotic Literature ; 34. Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the Roman Period ; 35. Coptic ; PART 6: IMAGES AND OBJECTS ; 36. 36. Art without Artistsa A Textual Window on the Funerary Artists of Roman Egypt, Maria Cannata ; 37. 37. Portraits in Roman Egypt, Barbara E. Borg ; 38. 38. Terracottas, Sandra Sandri ; 39. 39. Pottery, Jennifer Gates-Foster ; 40. 40. Mummies and Mummification in Roman Egypt: Decline or Heydaya, Beatrix Gessler -Lohr ; 41. Nilotica and the Image of Egypt ; PART 7: BORDERS, TRADE, AND TOURISM ; 42. Travel and Pilgrimage in Roman Egypt ; 43. The Western Oases ; 44. The Eastern Desert and the Red Sea Ports ; 45. Between Egypt and Meroitic Nubia: The Southern Frontier Region