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Village Institutions in Egypt in the Roman to Early Arab Periods$
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Micaela Langellotti and D. W. Rathbone

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266779

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266779.001.0001

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Private Associations and Village Life in Early Roman Egypt

Private Associations and Village Life in Early Roman Egypt

Chapter:
(p.41) 3 Private Associations and Village Life in Early Roman Egypt*
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Village Institutions in Egypt in the Roman to Early Arab Periods
Author(s):

Mario C.D. Paganini

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266779.003.0003

The papyrological evidence from early Roman Egypt shows that there was a close relationship between private associations and village life. Associations were very much intertwined and influenced each other. They belonged to the most important local institutions for socio-economic and cultural life at village level and played an important role for the construction of feelings of community. In an environment void of civic designations, associations could also provide the frame for the assertion of specific identities, just like membership in the priestly groups or the army, as well as facilitate relations with the state in areas such as taxation or compulsory services.

Keywords:   associations, village associations, Egyptian associations, private associations

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