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"Manning's book is one of the most thought-provoking studies on the Hellenistic world to have appeared for quite some time, and it will be essential reading for anyone concerned with this remarkable period."--John Ray, Times Literary Supplement

"Manning has produced a deep and meaningful study of the social and political relationships inherent in the Ptolemaic economy."--Timothy Howe, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Following his study of land tenure and use in Hellenistic Egypt, Manning presents a well-supported analysis of the formation of the Ptolemaic state in the fourth and third centuries BCE."--Choice

"Integrating the latest research on archaeology, papyrology, theories of the state, and legal history, as well as Hellenistic and Egyptian history, The Last Pharaohs draws a dramatic picture of Egypt's last ancient state."--Heritage Key

"This book, using latest archaeological technique combined with analysis of Ptolemaic documents, sets into a clear yet far ranging perspective the reality of Egypt in a 300 year span from the ancient to the Roman world."--Stephen Cox Trust

"The Last Pharaohs has a place alongside [the works of] Gunther Holbl and Werner Huss."--Paul McKechnie, Ancient West and East

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"This fascinating book has broad views that should appeal to many people who are neither specialists on ancient Egypt nor the ancient Greek world. J. G. Manning has a perfect knowledge of his subject."--Alain Bresson, University of Chicago

"Most scholars who study Ptolemaic Egypt are specialists in either Greek or Egyptian demotic papyrology, work below the level of large-scale narrative, and write technical studies that are not always accessible to historians. And the evidence from Ptolemaic Egypt is often considered parochial since Egypt is thought of as unique in the ancient world. J. G. Manning's book answers all these problems. Leaving the niche of technical papyrology and showing convincingly why Ptolemaic Egypt is important for the study of state formation and the ancient economy, he approaches the period as a real historian and puts his subject in the context of current international scholarly debate. The Last Pharaohs will impress ancient historians in general, and should make the Ptolemaic state an important case study in the literature on authoritarian states and state formation."--Katelijn Vandorpe, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691156387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691156385
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William D. Shingleton on March 4, 2013
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I bought this book looking for a basic overview of the Ptolemy dynasty, which started with Alexander's key lieutenant and ended with Cleopatra. The Ptolemies are poorly studied, as scholars of Classical Rome and Greece tend to ignore them as a side-show and scholars of Ancient Egypt tend to view them as an unconnected and unwieldy addition to the end of the Pharonic era. This makes finding a good book on the Ptolemies hard to find.

Unfortunately, this book is not written for generalists, does not provide any kind of linear timeline of the events and accomplishments of the dynasty, and does not allow the members of Egypt's last dynasty of leaders to emerge as individuals. Instead, this book is written as a discussion of the structures of Ptolemaic society, government, and economy. The author is clearly an expert and is engaged in an academic debate about the nature of the Ptolemaic state with other experts both living and dead. Some of his commentary on the nature of authoritarian regimes will strike the students of modern autocracies as useful. However, the book in general is inaccessible to neophytes like me who cannot tell Ptolemy V from Ptolemy X at the outset.

I cannot comment on the extent to which a student of archeology, classics, or Egyptology would enjoy this book, as I am none of these things. What I can say is that anyone looking for a basic survey of one of the key dynasties of Egyptian history should look elsewhere.
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This was a great book on the overview of Ptolemaic administration and economy that is largely lacking in this field of scholarship. Books on the Ptolemies are few and far between and while I felt Mr. Manning's book was a good supplement to Gunther Holbl's "A History of the Ptolemaic Empire" which provided a thorough overview of the reigns of the numerous kings and queens of the house of Ptolemy and their political achievements. One of the biggest pieces Manning helped me understand is how despite our outdated, western orientalist view of the Egyptians, the Ptolemies were not despotic rulers but in fact had to give and take with numerous powerful groups in society in order to maintain their rule.
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A very academic treatment of the culture. I was hoping for more of the history off the family. Their history was not a major concern in this book.
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