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Diversity in the Desert: Daily Life in Greek and Roman Egypt (332 B.C. - 641 C.E.)

"Documents such as letters, accounts, and contracts provide an intimate view of people's daily lives. That is the case for us today, as it was for people in history. We are therefore very fortunate that the dry sands of Egypt have preserved tens of thousands of written documents on papyrus and other writing materials that provide evidence for people's lives over a period of several thousands of years.This exhibit brings together examples that show how documents can help scholars reconstruct people's lives in ancient Egypt in the ten centuries after Alexander the Great arrived in 332 B.C.E. After Alexander's conquest, Egypt became a Hellenistic (Greek) kingdom under the dynasty of the Ptolemies. Three centuries later, when the Romans defeated the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, Egypt became part of the Roman Empire and later Byzantine Empire. All of the texts shown here form part of the Papyrus Collection of the University of Michigan."

Author(s):  Verhoogt, Arthur [and others]
Format:  Website
Publisher:  A product of the Scholarly Publishing Office and the University of Michigan Papyrus Collection
Publication City:  Ann Arbor
Date:  2008
Source:  An Exhibit from the University of Michigan Papyrus Collection