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Roger Bagnall and Jean Bingen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615780

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615780.001.0001

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Jean Bingen and the Currents of Ptolemaic History

(p.1) Introduction
Hellenistic Egypt

Jean Bingen

Edinburgh University Press

The introduction places the book's author in the context of the historiography of Hellenistic Egypt over the past century, during which modern political economy (particularly state planning) and decolonization had a major impact on thinking about the Ptolemaic state and economy. The Belgian experience of a bilingual state is also introduced as an element affecting the thinking of Jean Bingen and other scholars. Following summaries of the chapters, there is a general description of the grounds for a relatively pessimistic view of the success of the Ptolemaic state.

Keywords:   central planning, colonialism, monarchy, Hellenism, Macedonia

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