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The Urban Milieu in the Egyptian Countryside During the Ptolemaic Period

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/9780748615780.003.0010
The Urban Milieu in the Egyptian Countryside During the Ptolemaic Period

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This chapter explores further the theme begun in chapter 8, the Greek presence in the small cities that dominated rural districts in Ptolemaic Egypt, the so-called metropoleis of the nomes (the forty-some regions into which Egypt was divided). These metropoleis were neither full-scale Greek cities with autonomous institutions and governance, nor yet simply overgrown villages; they had both Greek and Egyptian residents, and most had existed for centuries or millennia as Egyptian religious and administrative centres. Their development as Greek urban communities in the later Ptolemaic period goes hand-in-hand with the creation of a class of resident wealthy Greeks in the major villages surrounding them.

Keywords: Egyptian temples; cities, Egyptian; administration; Greeks in Egypt; absentee landlords

Chapter.  3340 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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