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Hellenistic EgyptMonarchy, Society, Economy, Culture$
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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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The Urban Milieu in the Egyptian Countryside During the Ptolemaic Period

The Urban Milieu in the Egyptian Countryside During the Ptolemaic Period

(p.114) Chapter 9 The Urban Milieu in the Egyptian Countryside During the Ptolemaic Period
Hellenistic Egypt

Jean Bingen

Edinburgh University Press

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

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