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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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Greeks and Egyptians According to PSI V 502

Greeks and Egyptians According to PSI V 502

(p.229) Chapter 17 Greeks and Egyptians According to PSI V 502
Hellenistic Egypt

Jean Bingen

Edinburgh University Press

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

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