Greeks and Egyptians According to <i>PSI</i> V 502

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:
Greeks and Egyptians According to PSI V 502

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This chapter offers an anthropological and sociological exploration of a single document from the Zenon archive, concerning the large estate given by Ptolemy II to his finance minister Apollonios and managed by successive local agents of Apollonios. Egyptian tenants on part of this land, faced with a sudden change in the method of estimating their rent imposed by the estate management, which went against normal Egyptian farming practice and imposed on the cultivators the risk of a crop smaller than estimated, abandoned the land and took refuge in a temple. Confronted by a managerial technique derived from Greek financial practices, they refuse to adapt.

Keywords: Zenon archive; Apollonios, finance minister; leasing; Egyptian workforce

Chapter.  4188 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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