Chapter

The Thracians in Ptolemaic Egypt

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/9780748615780.003.0007
The Thracians in Ptolemaic Egypt

Show Summary Details

Preview

The Ptolemies attracted numerous immigrants from the larger Greek world to Egypt, to serve as soldiers, bureaucrats, tax-collectors, entrepreneurs, scholars, artists, and entertainers. Some of these were from the fringes of Greece; among them is the large group of Thracians, a term referring to people from the southeastern Balkans, who had been under Macedonian rule in the time of Philip II and Alexander the Great. Many came as soldiers, particularly cavalrymen, and they appear taking part in Greek athletic competitions. The papyri give us some sense of the survival of Thracian cultural traditions, including religious cults, in Egypt.

Keywords: Thrace; Balkans; mercenaries; cavalry; immigrants

Chapter.  4692 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.