Category Archives: Egypt-Ancient

Affairs of Associations of Goat-herders and Goose-herders in Ancient Egypt

In the late period of ancient Egyptian history (712-332 BC) and into the Graeco-Roman period  (332BC-395AD), papyri are found that are written in demotic, abnormal hieratic, or hieratic, and that record a variety of contracts – many documenting a loan.  During this time and … Continue reading

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Penmeru: Director of the Dining Pavilion – 1

A number of very interesting features are associated with the mastaba of Penmeru in the Western Cemetery at Giza.  This is just a preliminary blog; I will be following with entries about his mastaba. Below is one of the statue groups of … Continue reading

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Coptic Easter and A Feast in Rural Egypt – Recipes Included

With Easter upon us, I’m sharing my blog about the holiday in Upper [southern] Egypt: During the years that I spent a good deal of my time working and living in Upper [southern] Egypt while conducting  doctoral research, I was … Continue reading

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Monsters: Ancient Egypt and Beyond –

Ancient Egyptians were most curious regarding both domestic and wild animals as well as their procreation, magical attributes, and so forth.  They did attempt to domestic several species of desert animals during the predynastic and early dynastic eras, and thus … Continue reading

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A Hoard of Greek Coins from an Automatic Holy-water Machine in Egypt?

Mechanical inventions seem to have been quite popular among the elite Greek [and later] Roman populations of Egypt. During the time I was working at the Phoebe Hearst Museum at Berkeley, I came a cross a hoard of Greek coins – … Continue reading

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Farming in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt – What Happened to the Producers?

This entry is part of a dialogue with  Rachel Laudan, regarding the taxation of producers/farmers in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, based on sources found in the Fayum. Below, a little background information and more to follow on this much-delayed topic. Several of the … Continue reading

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Crocodile Cartonnage and Classical Manuscripts – Tebtunis, Fayum-Egypt

At the end of the 19th century the classicists Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt  were comissioned by the Egyptologist George Reisner to conduct excavations for the University of California, Berkeley, in the Fayum, a semi-oasis that is located about 100 … Continue reading

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