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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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Kerkeosiris and its Greeks in the Second Century1

Kerkeosiris and its Greeks in the Second Century1

(p.122) Chapter 10 Kerkeosiris and its Greeks in the Second Century1
Hellenistic Egypt

Jean Bingen

Edinburgh University Press

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

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