An Oasis City

An Oasis City

Author: Roger S. Bagnall

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479860319

Category: History

Page: 256

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Scattered through the vast expanse of stone and sand that makes up Egypt’s Western Desert are several oases. These islands of green in the midst of the Sahara owe their existence to springs and wells drawing on ancient aquifers. In antiquity, as today, they supported agricultural communities, going back to Neolithic times but expanding greatly in the millennium from the Saite pharaohs to the Roman emperors. New technologies of irrigation and transportation made the oases integral parts of an imperial economy. Amheida, ancient Trimithis, was one of those oasis communities. Located in the western part of the Dakhla Oasis, it was an important regional center, reaching a peak in the Roman period before being abandoned. Over the past decade, excavations at this well-preserved site have revealed its urban layout and brought to light houses, streets, a bath, a school, and a church. The only standing brick pyramid of the Roman period in Egypt has been restored. Wall-paintings, temple reliefs, pottery, and texts all contribute to give a lively sense of its political, religious, economic, and cultural life. This book presents these aspects of the city’s existence and its close ties to the Nile valley, by way of long desert roads, in an accessible and richly illustrated fashion.
An Oasis City
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Roger S. Bagnall, Nicola Aravecchia, Raffaella Cribiore, Paola Davoli, Olaf E. Kaper, Susanna McFadden
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-02-01 - Publisher: NYU Press

Scattered through the vast expanse of stone and sand that makes up Egypt’s Western Desert are several oases. These islands of green in the midst of the Sahara owe their existence to springs and wells drawing on ancient aquifers. In antiquity, as today, they supported agricultural communities, going back to
Proceedings of the Ninth International Dakhleh Oasis Project Conference
Language: en
Pages: 500
Authors: Colin A. Hope, Gillian E. Bowen
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-01-19 - Publisher: Oxbow Books

This new volume in the Oasis Papers series marks the 40th anniversary of archaeological fieldwork in the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert under the leadership of Anthony J. Mills and presents a synthesis of the current state of our knowledge of the oasis and its interconnections with surrounding regions,
Dakhleh Oasis and the Western Desert of Egypt under the Ptolemies
Language: en
Pages: 504
Authors: James C. R. Gill
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-08 - Publisher: Oxbow Books

Through an analysis of recently discovered Ptolemaic pottery from Mut al-Kharab, as well as a reexamination of pottery collected by the Dakhleh Oasis Project during the survey of the oasis from 1978–1987, this book challenges the common perception that Dakhleh Oasis experienced a sudden increase in agricultural exploitation and a
The Great Oasis of Egypt
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Roger S. Bagnall, Gaëlle Tallet
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-31 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Explores the history and archaeology of two oases, remote but closely tied to the Nile valley for thousands of years.
New Directions in the Study of Women in the Greco-Roman World
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Ronnie Ancona, Georgia Tsouvala
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Through a set of original essays, this volume showcases new directions in the well-established field of the study of women in Greco-Roman antiquity. Sarah Pomeroy's groundbreaking Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves (1975) introduced scholars, students, and general readers to a new area of inquiry. Building upon and moving beyond that