Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700

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Roger S. Bagnall, Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Roger S Bagnall
Cambridge University Press, Aug 16, 2007 - History - 464 pages
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Egypt in the period from the reign of the emperor Constantine to the Arab conquest was both a vital part of the Late Roman and Byzantine world, participating fully in the culture of its wider Mediterranean society, and a distinctive milieu, launched on a path to developing the Coptic Christian culture that we see fully only after the end of Byzantine rule. This book is the first comprehensive survey of Egypt to treat this entire period including the first half-century of Arab rule. Twenty-one renowned specialists present the history, society, economy, culture, religious institutions, art and architecture of the period. Topics covered range from elite literature to mummification and from monks to Alexandrian scholars. A full range of Egypt's uniquely rich source materials - literature, papyrus documents, letters, and archaeological remains - gives exceptional depth and vividness to this portrait of a society, and recent archaeological discoveries are described and illustrated.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Poets and pagans in Byzantine Egypt
21
Philosophy in its social context
67
Coptic literature in the Byzantine and
83
Early Christian architecture in Egypt
103
Figure 79 Icon of the Virgin Egypt Byzantine period sixth
150
Egyptian
163
Alexandria in the fourth to seventh centuries
187
Byzantine Egypt and imperial law
271
Aristocratic landholding and the economy of
288
Gender and society in Byzantine Egypt1
309
The institutional church
331
A haven of continuity in a
350
Designing the monastic
368
Continuity
390
Paintings and
408

The other cities in later Roman Egypt
207
Byzantine Egyptian villages1
226
Government and army
244
Figure 202 Western wall Kellia Qusur elIzeila 1920 room 15
413
Figure 206 Cross with bust of Christ painting in niche
417
The Arab conquest of Egypt and the beginning of
437

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Roger Bagnall is Professor of Ancient History at New York University and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. He is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field of papyrology and his publications include Egypt in Late Antiquity (1993), The Demography of Roman Egypt (1994, with Bruce Frier) and Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History (1995). He is also editor of the Oxford Handbook of Papyrology (2009).

Roger Bagnall is Professor of Ancient History at New York University and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. He is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field of papyrology and his publications include Egypt in Late Antiquity (1993), The Demography of Roman Egypt (1994, with Bruce Frier) and Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History (1995). He is also editor of the Oxford Handbook of Papyrology (2009).

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