Kerkeosiris and its Greeks in the Second Century<sup>1</sup>

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:
Kerkeosiris and its Greeks in the Second Century1

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The village of Kerkeosiris, in the southern part of the Fayyum (the ancient Arsinoite nome) can be studied in detail and with statistics thanks to the survival of several land registers from the late second century BCE. Although these omit non-landholders (craftsmen, hired workers, small businessmen), they show much of the village society very clearly. Particularly interesting are mentions of cavalrymen (with relatively large allotments) farming the land themselves and thus more present in the countryside than absentee landowners; but this is far less common with the Greek cavalrymen than with the Egyptian soldiers who have much smaller plots.

Keywords: agriculture; Fayyum; villages; Greek settlers; leasing

Chapter.  4034 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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