- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520205316
- ISBN-13: 978-0520205314
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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- #2013 in Ancient Egyptians History
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Egypt After the Pharaohs 332 BC-AD 642: From Alexander to the Arab Conquest, Revised edition Paperback – July 1, 1996
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The first chapter is a general description of Egypt (called, inevitably, "The Gift of the Nile"), and the second describes the changes in rulers from Alexander's conquest to that by the Arabs. Because the rest of the book is organized by subject rather than chronologically, this chapter is important for giving the historical framework for the changes during that vast length of time. The following chapters discuss how the government interacted with the populace, the economy, the ethnic and cultural relationships between Greeks and Egyptians, religion, and the all-important city of Alexandria. Ethnicity and religion in Greco-Roman Egypt were so complex that it's hard for an introductory book like this to discuss them adequately, but Bowman does a pretty good job.
My only major reservation is that there's been a huge amount of research on Ptolemaic and especially Roman Egypt in the 30 years since this book came out. Some of the details in it may be out of date, though I haven't spotted any that are, and its bibliography certainly is out of date. The second edition of this book or Egypt from Alexander to the Copts are no doubt more current. For anyone looking for more in-depth information, some of the more general recent books on this topic are The Last Pharaohs,Egypt in Late Antiquity, and the behemoth Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt, whose bibliographies will give you more further reading than you'll ever need.