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The Last Pharaohs: Egypt Under the Ptolemies, 305–30 BC

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The history of Ptolemaic Egypt has usually been doubly isolated--separated both from the history of other Hellenistic states and from the history of ancient Egypt. "The Last Pharaohs," the first detailed history of Ptolemaic Egypt as a state, departs radically from previous studies by putting the Ptolemaic state firmly in the context of both Hellenistic and Egyptian histor ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Typos out the wazoo, but nevertheless an amazing treatment of Ptolemaic political, economic, and legal history from an Egyptian perspective. The opening chapters on the limits of despotism, dirigisme, and colonialism as frameworks for understanding Ptolemaic rule, as well as Manning's explanation of a "bandit" theory of premodern states, will be useful as comparanda for scholars in other fields.
This was a great book on the overview of Ptolemaic administration and economy that is largely lacking in this field of scholarship. Books on the Ptolemies are few and far between and I felt Mr. Manning's book was a good supplement to Gunther Holbl's "A History of the Ptolemaic Empire" which provided a good overview of the reigns of the numerous kings and queens of the house of Ptolemy and their political achievements. One of the biggest pieces Manning helped me understand is how despite our outd ...more
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The William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Classics and History
Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School.

Joseph Gilbert Manning is an ancient historian whose main interest is in the social history of the Hellenistic world. His primary focus has been in the fields of economic and legal history. He was educated at the Ohio State University (Medieval architectural history/History) and the Uni
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