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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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Elders (Presbuteroi) of the Farmers and of the Village in Roman Egypt

Elders (Presbuteroi) of the Farmers and of the Village in Roman Egypt

The Cases of Bacchias and Karanis

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(p.66) 4 Elders (Presbuteroi) of the Farmers and of the Village in Roman Egypt
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Village Institutions in Egypt in the Roman to Early Arab Periods
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Silvia Strassi

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266779.003.0004

This chapter examines the nature and role of the elders of the public farmers (presbuteroi georgon) and the village elders (presbuteroi komes) at Bacchias and Karanis in the first two centuries of Roman rule (AD I-II), using the Greek papyri. Although geographically very close, lying by the same canal, these two villages were very different in historical and socio-economic terms, which makes a comparative investigation of their elders particularly interesting.

Keywords:   Egyptian public farmers, Egyptian village elders, Bacchias, Karanis, Roman Fayum

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