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ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 175-187 Egypt at Empire's End Clement A. Kuehn Hopkins School Review article of Roger S. Bagnall (ed.), Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xvi + 464 pages. ISBN 978-0-521-87137-2. Roger Bagnall has done an excellent job assembling some of the most prestigious and accomplished scholars of Byzantine Egypt, as well as some of the most promising young researchers, for this collection of articles, Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700. Most of the authors had participated in a conference on Byzantine Egypt held at Dumbarton Oaks in the spring of 2004. The articles are reworkings of their papers, often taking into consideration the discussions that arose either at the conference or later. Bagnall also solicited other articles in order to cover more areas of the period's history and culture. The twenty-one that were finally gathered (called "chapters") are here arranged into three general categories: The Culture of Byzantine Egypt; Government, Environments, Society, and Economy; and Christianity: The Church and Monasticism. The format of the articles is generally homogenous and each is followed by a concise bibliography. The authors sometimes express an awareness of the other contributors, and they are careful not to duplicate material significantly; otherwise there is little relationship between them. Indeed, the articles show a remarkable degree of diversity, not only in the individual styles of writing, but also in the primary sources and interpretive techniques. Several authors discuss new sources, or new or revised interpretations of previously known sources, and thus the collection is necessary reading for the scholar of Byzantium and Byzantine Egypt. Because of the variety of interpretive techniques, the book would also be informative for scholars in historical fields not necessarily focused on Byzantium or Egypt, such as archaeology, art history, classical education and poetry, gender studies, and urban studies. Several authors consider their articles an introduction to a particular topic, and generally the language is not overly technical. The book contains black and white illustrations, incorporated into the appropriate chapters. Bagnall has written the first chapter, which serves as the introduction, and the book is concluded by an index of proper names and important subjects.
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