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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 Third-century Land-leases From Tholthis

The Third-century Land-leases From Tholthis

(p.206) Chapter 15 The Third-century Land-leases From Tholthis
Hellenistic Egypt

Jean Bingen

Edinburgh University Press

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

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