ï~~Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 47 (2010) 279-280 Steve Pasek, Hawara. Eine igyptische Siedlung in hellenistischer Zeit. Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2007. 514 + 719 pages + CD-ROM. ISBN 978-3-86596-092-4. The two hefty volumes represent the publication of Pasek's dissertation (Julius-Maximilians-Universitit, Wirzburg, 2005). The volumes are arranged in a relatively straightforward manner. The first volume involves itself with a short discussion of the site and history of Hawara in the Fayum during the Ptolemaic period. This is followed by sections dealing with the scribal families, religious cults found in the Hawara area, the personnel who served as priests in the cults and their families, the roles of the religious cults within society, the organization of the necropolis and its personnel, and the role of the "God's Sealers" and "Embalmers." The volume concludes with three sections related to the social and economic impact of these groups, paying particular attention to the role of the God's Sealers and their families. This includes an investigation of marriage patterns, the economic processes followed, and the role of women in the society. The second volume is a convenient compilation of the 87 Demotic documents which serve as the basis for this study. Most of these texts have been published elsewhere, but the author provides a new translation with commentary of all of the texts. The volume concludes with a bibliography and a series of indices of translated names and terms. A CD-ROM of the "new" texts is included, though this reviewer found the five files excessively large (43 to 99.5 MB) which made loading and viewing the texts difficult. The discussions in the volumes for the most part are limited to information derived from the texts themselves. This provides a good glimpse of the Egyptian settlement of Hawara. Not much effort is devoted to showing the relationships with Greek settlements (if any) in the Fayum and that may be beneficial since it allows the author to concentrate on organizing the large body of material. There are several significant items of interest, especially the section on the evidence for brother-sister marriage during the Ptolemaic period (pp. 362-364). The "new" texts that Pasek adds to the Hawara corpus derive mostly from the Ashmolean Oxford fragments published by Reymond (here text numbers 25c, d, and e, with photographs placed on the added CD-ROM). The documents round out our knowledge of the archive with listings of deceased individuals being handled by the necropolis personnel. I would like to make several small comments on the readings and commentary from Urkunde Hawara 25 e (Vol. 2, pp. 289-301).
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