Later Roman Egypt: Society, Religion, Economy and Administration: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Later Roman Egypt: Society, Religion, Economy and Administration

1st Edition

By Roger S. Bagnall


332 pages

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Egypt, with its ever-growing wealth of evidence from the papyri, has in recent decades been one of the liveliest areas of scholarship on the later Roman Empire. This volume collects two dozen articles on the social, economic, and administrative history of Egypt by Roger Bagnall, whose book 'Egypt in Late Antiquity' has helped to bring this region and this evidence into the mainstream of historical debate. In these studies some of the main themes of his work are visible, in particular attempts to explore the possibilities for quantifying not only questions like the burden of taxation or the distribution of land-ownership, but more tantalizing and controversial matters like the rate at which the population of Egypt was Christianized.


' Papyrologists and historians will be grateful to the author for having collected in one volume this wide research …' Chronique d'Egypte

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Society: Slavery and society in late Roman Egypt; Women, law, and social realities in late antiquity: a review article; Missing females in Roman Egypt; Church, state and divorce in late Roman Egypt; Official and private violence in Roman Egypt; The population of Theadelphia in the 4th century; An owner of literary papyri; Religion and Society: Religious conversion and onomastic change in early Byzantine Egypt; Conversion and onomastics: a reply; Combat ou vide: Christianisme et paganisme dans l'Égypte romaine tardive; Charite's Christianity; Economy: Landholding in late Roman Egypt: the distribution of wealth; An Arsinoite metropolitan landowning family of the 4th century; Military officers as landowners in 4th-century Egypt; Price in 'sales on delivery'; The camel, the wagon, and the donkey in later Roman Egypt; Administration and taxation: Agricultural productivity and taxation in later Roman Egypt; P.Oxy. XVI 1905, SB V 7756, and 4th-century taxation; Bullion purchases and landholding in the 4th century; The taxes of Toka; The periodicity and collection of the Chrysargyron; Count Ausonius; Property-holdings of liturgists in 4th-century Karanis; The number and term of the Dekaprotoi; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General