Greeks in Ptolemaic Egypt

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Dezember 2001



The conquests of Alexander the Great were followed by a flood of Greek migration into the lands previously ruled by Persia. In Egypt, thanks to the survival of collections of related documents written on papyrus, it is possible to study the fortunes of some of these immigrants and their families, and of some of their Egyptian neighbors, with an immediacy provided by no other ancient source. Some Egyptians, such as Menkhes the village clerk and Panebkhounis the soldier, gain through their services some of the privileges enjoyed by the Greeks; the Greek cavalry officer Dryton, on the other hand, marries an Egyptian, and in the next generation his family begins to lose its Greek identity. These and other case studies compose a vivid picture of life in a country in which the native Egyptian population is dominated by a privileged and exclusive Greek minority.


Naphtali Lewis is Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) of Classical Studies in the City University of New York, and has been Visiting Professor at Yale University and the University of California (Santa Barbara). He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a past President of the International Association of Papyrologists. He is the author of 18 books and more than 150 articles published in scholarly journals internationally.

EAN: 9780970059123
ISBN: 0970059124
Untertitel: 'Classics in Papyrology'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2001
Seitenanzahl: 182 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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