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Army and Society in Ptolemaic Egypt


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1. Introduction; 2. The army in Late Period Egypt (664-332 BC); Part I. Structure and Role of the Army: 3. Military challenges faced by the Ptolemies: power, money, crisis and reform; 4. Military organization and hierarchy; 5. Military recruitment and ethnic composition; Part II. Economic Status and Social Networks of Soldiers and Officers: 6. Settling soldiers; 7. Soldiers and officers in the Egyptian countryside; Part III: The Army and Egyptian Temples: 8. Priests in the army: a politico-ideological explanation; 9. The army and Egyptian temple-building; 10. Conclusion; Appendix.

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This book examines how the army developed as an engine of socio-economic and cultural integration in Egypt under Greco-Macedonian rule.

About the Author

Christelle Fischer-Bovet is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Southern California.


'Fischer-Bovet has written the first full-scale study of the Ptolemaic military in over a century. Few books have the potential to change the direction of scholarship; this is such a book ... This well-written, clearly argued study belongs in all university libraries.' S. M. Burstein, Choice
'Army and Society in Ptolemaic Egypt offers a wide-ranging analysis of Ptolemaic military institutions, particularly as a social vehicle for stability and integrative activity. It features a comprehensive bibliography, numerous sources in translation, several helpful maps, charts and diagrams, and thorough indices.' Paul Johstono, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
'... [the book] is filled with a great deal of useful and highly interesting information and, as such, it amply repays the time taken to make a considered read.' Victor Blunden, Ancient Egypt

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