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Apollōnius


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(3rd cent. bc) served Ptolemy 1 II as chief minister in Egypt and is best known as holder of a large crown‐gift estate in the Fayūm. It formed the centre of a series of agricultural experiments (in arboriculture, viticulture, crops, and livestock) and was managed by Zenon of Caunus, who came to the Fayūm in 256 and stayed on in the area after leaving Apollonius' service. The collection of Zenon's papyri is the largest from the period. It illustrates these and Apollonius' other interests: textile‐manufacturing at Memphis, his contacts in Alexandria, and commercial dealings, including slave‐trading, in the Levant (see slavery).

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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