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Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization (SAOC)

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SAOC 51.

Life in a Multi-Cultural Society: Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine and Beyond
Janet Johnson
Chapter 34:
Implicit Models of Cross-Cultural Interaction: A Question of Noses, Soap, and Prejudice

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Egypt from its incorporation into the Persian empire in 525 B.C. was home to a multi-cultural society with several strong cultural traditions. An Egyptian majority population lived in contact (sometimes closer, sometimes more distant; sometimes more frequent, sometimes less frequent) with non-Egyptian populations who had come to reside in Egypt. By the hellenistic period these non-Egyptian populations included large numbers of Greeks and Macedonians who had settled in Egypt after its conquest by Alexander the Great, as well as Jews and other semitic-speaking people from Syria-Palestine; after Egypt's incorporation into the Roman empire, Roman citizens and Roman soldiers from around the empire appear more and more frequently. Integrated study of the period from Cambyses to Constantine (a period of almost 1,000 years), therefore, requires knowledge and appreciation of the material remains (documentary, artistic, architectural, and archaeological) and cultural antecendents of several cultures. The rich documentary and "archaeological" resources preserved from this period would allow it to serve as a model for analysis of other multi-cultural societies.

  • Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization 51
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1992
  • ISBN: 0-918986-84-2
  • Pp. xxvii + 514; 10 figures; 32 plates; 5 tables
  • Paperbound 9 x 11.75 inches

Contributors and Contributions

Allam, Schafik
Observations on Civil Jurisdiction in Late Byzantine and Early Arabic Egypt

Andrews, Carol A. R.
Unpublished Demotic Texts in the British Museum

Bianchi, Robert Steven
The Cultural Transformation of Egypt as Suggested by a Group of Enthroned Male Figures from the Faiyum

Brashear, William
Egyptians and Greeks in an Early Laographia Account (P. Berol. 25161)

Burstein, Stanley M.
Hecataeus of Abdera's History of Egypt

Clarysse, Willy
Some Greeks in Egypt

Corcoran, Lorelei H.
A Cult Function for the So-Called Faiyum Mummy Portraits?

Cruz-Uribe, Eugene
The Lake of Moeris: A Reprise

Darnell, John Coleman
The Kbn.wt Vessels of the Late Period

el-Aguizy, Ola
About the Origins of Early Demotic in Lower Egypt

Farid, Adel
Three Mirrors with Demotic Inscriptions

Gallo, Paolo
The Wandering Personnel of the Temple of Narmuthis in the Faiyum and Some Toponyms of the Meris of Polemon

Hanson, Ann Ellis
Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabes, and Ioudaioi, in the First Century A.D. Tax Archive from Philadelphia: P. Mich. inv. 880 recto and P. Princ. III 152 revised

Heidorn, Lisa A.
The Persian Claim to Kush in Light of Evidence from Lower Nubia

Héral, Suzanne
Archives bilingues de Nomarques dans les Papyrus de Ghôran

Huss, Werner
Some Thoughts on the Subject "'State' and 'Church' in Ptolemaic Egypt"

Kaplony-Heckel, Ursula
Die Medinet Habu Ostraca: Excavation of The Oriental Institute of The University of Chicago 1928/29

Gagos, Traianos; Ludwig Koenen; and Brad E. McNellen
A First Century Archive from Oxyrhynchos or Oxyrhynchite Loan Contracts and Egyptian Marriage.

Lanciers, Eddy
Die ägyptischen Priester des ptolemäischen Königskultes (Zusammenfassung)

Maehler, Herwig
Visitors to Elephantine: Who Were They?

Martin, Cary J.
Demotic Contracts as Evidence in a Court Case?

McCleary, Roger V.
Ancestor Cults at Terenouthis in Lower Egypt: A Case for Greco-Egyptian Oecumenism

Mertens, Jan
Bibliography and Description of Demotic Literary Texts: A Progress Report

Midgley, James H.
A Bilingual Account of Monies Received

Müller-Wollermann, Renate
Demotische Termini zur Landesgliederung Ägyptens

Muhs, Brian
Demotic and Greek Ostraca in the Third Century B.C.

Nur-el-Din, Abdel-Halim
Report on New Demotic Texts from Tuna-el-Gebel

Oates, John F.
The Basilikos Grammateus

Porten, Bezalel
Aramaic-Demotic Equivalents: Who Is the Borrower and Who the Lender?

Quaegebeur, Jan
Greco-Egyptian Double Names as a Feature of a Bi-Cultural Society

Ray, J. D.
Jews and Other Immigrants in Late Period Egypt

Ricketts, Linda
The Administration of Late Ptolemaic Egypt

Ritner, Robert K.
Implicit Models of Cross-Cultural Interaction: A Question of Noses, Soap, and Prejudice

Roccati, Alessandro
Writing Egyptian: Scripts and Speeches at the End of Pharaonic Civilization

Smith, H. S.
Foreigners in the Documents from the Sacred Animal Necropolis, Saqqara

Tait, W. J.
Demotic Literature and Egyptian Society

Tassier, Emmanuel
Greek and Demotic School-Exercises

Thomas, Thelma K.
Greeks or Copts?: Documentary and Other Evidence for Artistic Patronage During the Late Roman and Early Byzantine Periods at Herakleopolis Magna and Oxyrhynchos, Egypt

Thompson, Dorothy J.
Literacy and the Administration in Early Ptolemaic Egypt

Van't Dack, E.
L'Armée de Terre Lagide: Reflet d'un monde multiculturel?

Vleeming, S. P.
The Tithe of the Scribes (and) Representatives

Winnicki, J. K.
Demotische Stelen aus Terenuthis

Zauzich, Karl-Theodor
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