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Introduction

Jean Bingen

in Hellenistic Egypt

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748615780
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615780.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction places the book's author in the context of the historiography of Hellenistic Egypt over the past century, during which modern political economy (particularly state planning) and decolonization had a major impact on thinking about the Ptolemaic state and economy. The Belgian experience of a bilingual state is also introduced as an element affecting the thinking of Jean Bingen and other scholars. Following summaries of the chapters, there is a general description of the grounds for a relatively pessimistic view of the success of the Ptolemaic state.

Keywords: central planning; colonialism; monarchy; Hellenism; Macedonia

Chapter.  5080 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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