J. G. Manning, The Last Pharaohs: Egypt under the Ptolemies, 305-30 BC. Princeton/Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2010. Pp. xvi, 264. ISBN 9780691142623. $39.50. Reviewed by Timothy Howe, Saint Olaf College (firstname.lastname@example.org) In The last pharaohs, J. G. Manning attempts to bring Ptolemaic Egypt, and the economic policies of the Ptolemaic state, see of isolation from other fields of ancient Mediterranean history. oft seen as a place apart, especially by classicists focalize on Greece and Rome, Ptolemaic Egypt has entered historical conversations tangentially, as a situation for wider Roman policy, for instance, or as a counterpoint to classical, polis civilization. Here, Manning is reacting against the academic tendency to assess the Hellenistic experience from the purview of Greece.1 practice a social science models, Manning suggests that Ptolemaic Egypt be seen as an intentionally constructed hybrid of Greek and Egyptian elements, wherein Ptolemaic po licies and a fertile interaction of cultures and ideas, an interaction that produced complex primitive and immigrant responses, ranging from rejection to acceptance.
By examining the Ptolemaic state from an Egyptian situation, Manning seizes an opportunity to afterthought terms like hellenization and Hellenistic and demonstrate how, by adopting a native Egyptian, pharaonic mode of governance, the Ptolemies fit their institutions into long-term Egyptian history. As Manning puts it, This book offers a new perspective on the connections between Greek and Egyptian civilization, by trying to convert Egyptian civi lization in its own terms, examining the man! ner in which the Ptolemies established themselves within Egyptian traditions, and the dynamic interactions between the central cultures during Ptolemaic rule (205). And such a new perspective is now possible, Manning argues, because of the material uncovered in the past degree centigrade years.2 Because of its rich literary records, Ptolemaic Egypt is at present...If you want to take to the woods over a full essay, order it on our website: OrderCustomPaper.com
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