The Third-century Land-leases From Tholthis

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:
The Third-century Land-leases From Tholthis

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The leases that are the subject of this chapter were found in mummy wrappings (cartonnage) using discarded papyrus. The documents used for this purpose came from a village in the nome of Oxyrhynchos. They concern the leasing out of land assigned to military settlers (cleruchs), in large parcels that they did not farm themselves. Instead, they leased them to middlemen, who paid a rent and then in turn subleased them to farmers who carried out the actual cultivation. The middlemen are in many cases the descendants of military settlers but were not at present in military service themselves. They had no landholdings of their own, nor did they farm, but they found an economic niche as intermediaries.

Keywords: land; leasing; military settlers; middlemen; Oxyrhynchite nome

Chapter.  3307 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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