Life in Egypt under Roman Rule (Classics in Papyrology) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0788505607
ISBN-10: 0788505602
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  • Series: Classics in Papyrology (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: American Society of Papyrologists; 2nd edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788505602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788505607
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David C. Heimann on March 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite Egyptian history book. Lewis in one small volume brings Egypt during the period of Roman rule to life in the pages in front of you. The book draws from thousands of papyrus documents collected in Egypt over the years. As you might expect, these mostly deal with the minutia of daily life, contracts and prayers, polemics and taxes, and Lewis's book uses theses to tell his story. The book is highly readable, enjoyable, and I recomend it to any one with an interest in any period in Egypt (after all, how much did the Nile change between 1000 BC and 300 AD).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glogg Rene on July 25, 2007
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For all who are longing for the simple life of yesterday this excellent and document based book gives a first introduction how life two thousand years ago really was.
Also for the non scientific reader a sketch into times long gone but nevertheless interesting in its own. I recommend it to all the nostalgics who think the the problems of today (beginning with bad neighbors and ending with the taxman) are something new.
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Lewis draws directly on ancient source materials to create a brief and readable introduction to life in Egypt during the several hundred years when Rome ruled there. Since the book is no longer new (published in 1983), it is no longer at the cutting edge of Egyptian studies, but it lays a solid base in class structure, climate and natural history, political and military power and daily life. His treatment of religion is probably the most disappointing of his subject areas.
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