Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt Volume I: Population Registers (P. Count)

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August 2006



How in Egypt does a new dynasty deal with the problems of establishing rule in a country with a long history of developed administration? This is the central question informing the historical studies of Volume II based on early Hellenistic taxation registers surviving on papyrus, which are published in Volume I. New light is shed on the taxation system, the occupational and demographic breakdown of the population, and relations between Greeks and Egyptians. Other topics discussed include their differing household patterns, stockholding, gender relations, and childrearing.


List of plates; List of figures; Preface; List of abbreviations; List of conventions; Greek records including: salt-tax records, household records, tax-district records, tax-collectors records, list of occupations, list of ethnics and occupations, tax-exemptions records, taxpayers records, tax-registers; Bibliography; Indices.


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, 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).


Review of the hardback: 'Good books are common. Great books are rare, and rarer still are great books that have the potential of moving scholarship in a new direction. Such a work is Counting the People in Hellenistic Egypt, ... By reconstructing 427 households containing 1,271 adults and situating them in their socio-economic context, they have laid the indispensable foundation for all future studies of the social history of Ptolemaic Egypt. All historians of Hellenistic Egypt are in their debt.' Stanley M. Burstein, California State University, Los Angeles Review of the hardback: 'What we have here is an enormous and well-written body of scholarship by two leading scholars in the field of many aspects of the population of (early) Ptolemaic Egypt. Discussion ranges from the tiniest detail in straightening fibers in a papyrus document to an overall comparison of the Ptolemaic situation with that in other pre-modern societies, and everything in between. These volumes are a must-read for anybody interested in Ptolemaic Egypt, or the Hellenistic world at large. ... This is, indeed, wonderful piece of scholarship, setting the framework of Ptolemaic society, and providing future studies with a strong foundation to keep adding new material.' Arthur Verhoogt, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
EAN: 9780521838382
ISBN: 052183838X
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Classical Studies'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2006
Seitenanzahl: 694 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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