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A good anecdotal intro to post-Pharaonic Egyptian social history,
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This review is from: City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish: The Lives of the Greeks in Roman Egypt (Paperback)
Parsons says it's meant to be anecdotal not academic, and he's right, and it works, and it's a nice light intro to Egypt through the papyrological sources. My only criticism is that Parsons seems to repeat himself two or three times. He makes a curious comment about the lack of discussion of current affairs in the correspondence. This seems to be based on the assumption that people must have known the news, but I'm not happy that this isn't to infer too much about ancient society from our own. Before we can say such things, we require some kind of analysis of news dissemination in the ancient world, surely?