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New Texts from Ancient Cultures (Series)

A wealth of information on the Greco-Roman world is offered in papyrological and epigraphical texts, fragmentary and hard to read though they can be. The University of Michigan has long held one of the largest and finest collections of papyri and other such texts surviving from antiquity. Drawing upon this choice collection and other important sources, New Texts from Ancient Cultures publishes a selection of the best and most interesting documents, in a readily comprehensible format. Scholars in many areas will find the series a source of up-to-date texts, interpretations, and new information on the ancient world.


Series Editors

Francesca Schironi, Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

Luigi Battezzato, Professore Ordinario, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa


Series Advisory Board
Dominic Rathbone, Professor of Ancient History, King's College London

Brendan Haug, Archivist of the University of Michigan’s Papyrology Collection and Associate Professor of Classical Studies

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Garden of Egypt

Irrigation, Society, and the State in the Premodern Fayyum

Examining how relationships with water flow through Egyptian history

The Greco-Egyptian Magical Formularies

Libraries, Books, and Individual Recipes

Essays on the magical handbooks of Greco-Roman Egypt

Confiscation or Coexistence

Egyptian Temples in the Age of Augustus

A new interpretation of the administrative restructuring of lands held by temples in Roman Egypt

Ancient Latin Poetry Books

Materiality and Context

Presents the first comprehensive study of the material aspects of the oldest surviving manuscripts of Latin secular poetry

Recording Village Life

A Coptic Scribe in Early Islamic Egypt

An engrossing study of literacy and the scribal economy at the village level

Getting Rich in Late Antique Egypt

A nuanced examination that illuminates the Apion estate’s economic structure and addresses how the family was able to generate such wealth

Honor Among Thieves

Craftsmen, Merchants, and Associations in Roman and Late Roman Egypt

A consideration of transaction costs and associations in the ancient world

Materia Magica

The Archaeology of Magic in Roman Egypt, Cyprus, and Spain

Approaches ancient magical practice through archaeology and social history

New Literary Papyri from the Michigan Collection

Mythographic Lyric and a Catalogue of Poetic First Lines

Three new fragments from amongst the oldest Greek papyri

Wine, Wealth, and the State in Late Antique Egypt

The House of Apion at Oxyrhynchus

The economic practices and theory of the Roman Empire, as seen through the lens of the estate of the Flavii Apiones

Women of Jeme

Lives in a Coptic Town in Late Antique Egypt

Brings to life the women of Jeme, a thriving Christian community in ancient Egypt

Settling a Dispute

Toward a Legal Anthropology of Late Antique Egypt

Family squabbles and fights over real estate were no less complex in sixth-century Egypt than they are in the modern world. In this volume Peter van Minnen and Traianos Gagos investigate just such a struggle