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By Christelle Fischer-Bovet

this is often the single tremendous and up to date reference paintings at the Ptolemaic military. making use of Greek and Egyptian papyri and inscriptions, and construction on techniques built in state-formation idea, it bargains a coherent account of the way the altering constructions of the military in Egypt after Alexander's conquest resulted in the advance of an ethnically extra built-in society. a brand new tripartite department of Ptolemaic background demanding situations the belief of slow decline, and emphasizes the reshaping of army constructions that happened among c.220 and c.160 BC in line with alterations within the nature of conflict, mobilization and demobilization, and fiscal constraints. An research of the socio-economic position performed by means of squaddies allows a reassessment of the cleruchic method and indicates how infantrymen' institutions generated interethnic staff team spirit. via integrating Egyptian facts, Christelle Fischer-Bovet additionally demonstrates that the relationship among the military and native temples provided new methods for Greeks and Egyptians to interact.

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