Land and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Structure of Land Tenure (Hardback)
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Short Description for Land and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt Offers an coherent framework for understanding the structure of the Ptolemaic state and economy.
- Published: 01 September 2003
- Format: Hardback 360 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521819244 ISBN 10: 0521819245
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This history of land tenure under the Ptolemies explores the relationship between the new Ptolemaic state and the ancient traditions of landholding and tenure. Departing from the traditional emphasis on the Fayyum, it offers a coherent framework for understanding the structure of the Ptolemaic state, and thus of the economy as a whole. Drawing on both Greek and demotic papyri, as well as hieroglyphic inscriptions and theories taken from the social sciences, Professor Manning argues that the traditional central state 'despotic' model of the Egyptian economy is insufficient. The result is a subtler picture of the complex relationship between the demands of the new state and the ancient, locally organized social structure of Egypt. By revealing the dynamics between central and local power in Egypt, the book shows that Ptolemaic economic power ultimately shaped Roman Egyptian social and economic institutions.