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The Great Oasis of Egypt
The Kharga and Dakhla Oases in Antiquity

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Roger S. Bagnall, Gaëlle Tallet, Jean-Paul Bravard, Françoise Dunand, Roger Lichtenberg, Paola Davoli, Rodney Ast, Damien Agut-Labordère, Salima Ikram, Pascale Ballet, Clementina Caputo, Irene Soto Marin, Yaël Chevalier, Olaf E. Kaper, Fleur Letellier-Willemin, Raffaella Cribiore, Susanna McFadden
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  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482165

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  • The Great Oasis of Egypt provides the first full study of the Dakhla and Kharga Oases in antiquity, written by participants in several of the current archaeological projects in this region. The oases were closely tied to Egypt and to each other, but not always easy to control, and their agricultural productivity varied with climatic conditions. The book discusses the oases' geology, water resources, history, administration, economy, trade connections, taxation, urbanism, religion, burial practices, literary culture, and art. New evidence for human health and illness from the cemeteries is presented along with a synthesis on the use of different types of cloth in burial. A particular emphasis is placed on pottery, with its ability to tell us both about how people lived and how far imports and exports can be seen from the shapes and fabrics, and both literature and art suggest full participation in the culture of Greco-Roman Egypt.

    • Treats both the Dakhla and Kharga oases in the same volume, allowing a broader view of their history
    • Presents dozens of images of recent archaeological work otherwise available only in technical publications
    • Includes only contributors who are active participants in recent and current fieldwork
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    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482165
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 181 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 11 maps 6 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Roger S. Bagnall and Gaëlle Tallet
    Part I. Living in the Oasis: Humans and the Environment:
    2. Water resources and irrigation in two oases of the Western Desert of Egypt, Kharga and Dakhla Jean-Paul Bravard
    3. The ancient population of the Kharga Oasis Françoise Dunand and Roger Lichtenberg
    4. Trimithis: a case study of Proto-Byzantine urbanism Paola Davoli
    Part II. Managing the Oasis:
    5. The Great Oasis: an administrative entity from Pharaonic times to Roman times Roger S. Bagnall and Gaëlle Tallet
    6. Land and resource administration: farmers, managers, and soldiers in the Great Oasis Rodney Ast
    7. What remains in the hands of the Gods: taxation in Kharga Oasis through the Demotic Ostraca (fifth century BC–first century AD) Damien Agut-Labordère
    Part III. Trade and Mobility in a Connected Environment:
    8. The North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey (NKODAAS): surveying the tracks between the two Oases Salima Ikram
    9. And the potsherds? Some avenues of reflection and synthesis on the pottery of the Great Oasis Pascale Ballet
    10. Egyptian and imported amphorae at Amheida Clementina Caputo
    11. Kegs from Amheida Irene Soto Marin
    12. El-Deir as a switching point Yaël Chevalier
    Part IV. An Oasis Culture?:
    13. Temple building on the Egyptian margins: the geopolitical issues behind Seti II and Ramesses IX's activity at Amheida Olaf E. Kaper
    14. Funerary practices in the Great Oasis during Antiquity Françoise Dunand and Fleur Letellier-Willemin
    15. Was there an interest in literary culture in the Great Oasis? Some answers Raffaella Cribiore
    16. The House of Serenos and wall painting in the Western Oases Susanna McFadden.

  • Editors

    Roger S. Bagnall, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York
    Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director, emeritus, at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, as well as Jay Professor of Greek and Latin and Professor of History, emeritus, at Columbia University. He is the director of the excavations at Amheida and a co-author of the accompanying volume An Oasis City (2015). He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

    Gaëlle Tallet, Université de Limoges
    Gaëlle Tallet is Assistant Professor of Greek History at the Université de Limoges, and director of the El-Deir archaeological mission in Kharga. She is co-editor, with Thierry Sauzeau, of Mer et désert de l'Antiquité à nos jours: Approches croisées (2018).

    Contributors

    Roger S. Bagnall, Gaëlle Tallet, Jean-Paul Bravard, Françoise Dunand, Roger Lichtenberg, Paola Davoli, Rodney Ast, Damien Agut-Labordère, Salima Ikram, Pascale Ballet, Clementina Caputo, Irene Soto Marin, Yaël Chevalier, Olaf E. Kaper, Fleur Letellier-Willemin, Raffaella Cribiore, Susanna McFadden

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