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Egypt in Late Antiquity
Roger S. Bagnall

Paperback | 1995 | $55.00 | £45.95 | ISBN: 9780691010960
388 pp. | 7 3/4 x 10 | 11 halftones, 1 map
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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.


"[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


"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
A Note on References and Abbreviations
Introduction 3
1 The Environment 15
2 The Cities 45
3 Country Villages 110
4 City and Country 148
5 People and Families 181
6 Power and Dependence 208
7 Languages, Literacy, and Ethnicity 230
8 This World and the Next 261
9 A Mediterranean Society 310
Appendix 1: Time 327
Appendix 2: Money and Measures 330
Appendix 3: The Nomes 333
Appendix 4: Glossary of Technical Terms 336
Bibliography 339
Index 1: General Index 361
Index 2: Index of Texts Discussed 369

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