A large estate in Egypt in the Third century B.C. by Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff

By Michael Ivanovitch Rostovtzeff

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Thus the King achieved his aim too, the enrichment of himself and the State. certainly peasants of one of the villages of the 6wptd and performed their work under compulsion, receiving their allowance from the estate and not from the Government. ROSTOVTZEFF-A LARGE ESTATE I N EGYPT 69 In the estate of Apollonius the work which began in or after the year 27 was probably finished about the year 30, as we hear nothing of dykes and canals being constructed after that year. ~t may be that this is accidental, but I a m confident that the main work was done during these three years.

Apollonius writes to me in his memorandum that the affairs of the constructions are in the hands of Diodorus and those concerning the land in the hands of Damis. The constructions are not yet finished, but the gathering of the crops, the cutting of brushwood, the planting of sesame, the firing, the planting of kiki (are going on or are finished). All the expenses for the last operations go through the hands of Damis and Etear- by them. But Diodorus contradicts every d a y more than is reasonable (this phrase is then cancelled by the writer) makes difficulties all the time, but nevertheless the expense is registered daily.

S7 I remind the reader of such names as IIsohapair Apupoi;. Philadelphia also had its 6pvp6s. P. Gen. 81, 29. ROSTOVTZEFF-A LARGE ESTATE IN EGYPT 65 example, a growth of tamarisk is mentioned in P. Magd. 4, year 25 of Euergetes, where some thieving shepherds hid swine stolen by them in a tamarisk growth (1. 3, according to my supplements, says: ~aO]eicrav~~s cis T & pvpi~~va,-having hidden (placed) them in a tamarisk growth). 1. 577, 1. , 71)v TE y$v &[~a8h~evaa]/fih~)s peffr~v ~ a i T c p ~ ~ h aia6~iaa,-I as cleared the soil which was full of brushwood and irrigated i t after having constructed dykes).

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