Egypt in the Age of Cleopatra: History and Society under the Ptolemies by Michel ChauveauEgypt in the Age of Cleopatra: History and Society under the Ptolemies by Michel Chauveau

Egypt in the Age of Cleopatra: History and Society under the Ptolemies

byMichel ChauveauTranslated byDavid Lorton

Paperback | March 16, 2000

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Few other civilizations rival Ancient Egypt in its power to capture the modern imagination, and Cleopatra VII, monarch at the end of the Ptolemaic period, has always been preeminent among its cast of characters. Coming to power just before the unstable state was about to be absorbed into an autocratic empire, Cleopatra oversaw not only Egypt's progress as an influential regional power but also the fragile peace of its ethnically mixed population.Michel Chauveau looks at many facets of life under this queen and her dynasty, drawing on such sources as firsthand accounts, numismatics, and Greek, Demotic, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. His use of such sources helps to free the narrative of dependence on later (and usually hostile) Greek and Roman historians. By taking up such subjects as funeral customs, language and writing, social class structure, religion, and administration, he affords the reader an unprecedented and comprehensive picture of Greek and Egyptian life in both the cities and the countryside.Originally published in French in 1997, Egypt in the Age of Cleopatra fulfills a long-standing need for an accessible introduction to the social, economic, religious, military, and cultural history of Ptolemaic Egypt.
David Lorton, an Egyptologist, is the translator of many books, including Erik Hornung's books The Secret Lore of Egypt and Akhenaten and the Religion of Light, both from Cornell.
Title:Egypt in the Age of Cleopatra: History and Society under the PtolemiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.24 inPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801485762

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Editorial Reviews

"Chauveau makes extensive use of the Egyptian sources, including papyri, ostraca, hieroglyphic inscriptions, stelae, and coins to present a concise overview of both urban and rural Egypt under the last of the Ptolemaic rulers. . . .Well researched and documented, the book provides a valuable and needed overview for both students and more advanced scholars."—Denise Doxey, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, July 2002

Employee Review

An interesting study of the history, economy and society of Egypt during the rule of the Ptolemies. The book concentrates on the later part of the dynasty, from around 205 BC - 30 BC, a period of the history of both Egypt and of the Hellenistic Age that has had very little written about it. Drawing upon archaeological and literary evidence, Chauveau brings to light what life and society was like during the later years of Ptolemaic rule in Egypt. This book should be the standard study on the period in question for years to come.