Out at the end of this month: “Comparing the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Empires. Integration, Communication, and Resistance” by Christelle Fischer-Bovet, Sitta von Reden (editors)

Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia! I found a new and very much interesting publication

Comparing the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Empires.
Integration, Communication, and Resistance

by Christelle Fischer-Bovet, Sitta von Reden (editors)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

out on September 30, 2021

The Ptolemaic and Seleucid empires are usually studied separately, or else included in broader examinations of the Hellenistic world. This book provides a systematic comparison of the roles of local elites and local populations in the construction, negotiation, and adaptation of political, economic, military and ideological power within these states in formation. The two states, conceived as multi-ethnic empires, are sufficiently similar to make comparisons valid, while the process of comparison highlights and better explains differences. Regions that were successively incorporated into the Ptolemaic and then Seleucid state receive particular attention, and are understood within the broader picture of the ruling strategies of both empires. The book focusses on forms of communication through coins, inscriptions and visual culture; settlement policies and the relationship between local and immigrant populations; and the forms of collaboration with and resistance of local elites against immigrant populations and government institutions.

Christelle Fischer-Bovet, University of Southern California
Christelle Fischer-Bovet is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Classics and History at the University of Southern California. She specializes in the social and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean from Alexander to the Romans, with a particular interest in Greco-Roman Egypt. Her book Army and Society in Ptolemaic Egypt (Cambridge, 2014) combines documentary evidence with social theory to examine the role of the army in Hellenistic Egypt.

Sitta von Reden, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Sitta von Reden is Professor Ancient History at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. She is a specialist in ancient Greek economic history and her books include Money in Ptolemaic Egypt: From the Macedonian Conquest to the End of the Third Century BC (Cambridge, 2007) and Money in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge, 2010). In 2017 she won an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council for the Project ‘Beyond the Silk Road: Exchange, Economic Development and Inter-Imperial Relationships in the Afro-Eurasian World Region (300 BCE-300 CE)’.

Table of contents:

List of Contributors page vii
Preface xiii
Note on Abbreviations xiv

Introduction 1
Christelle Fischer-Bovet and Sitta von Reden


1 Imperial metropoleis and Foundation Myths: Ptolemaic and Seleucid Capitals Compared 17
1A Alexandria 18
1B Seleucid Royal Cities 33
Sitta von Reden and Rolf Strootman

2 Reassessing Hellenistic Settlement Policies: The Seleucid Far East, Ptolemaic Red Sea Basin and Egypt 48
2A Reassessing Settlement Policies in the Hellenistic Far East 49
2B Reassessing Ptolemaic Settlement Policies: Another Look at the poleis 64
Rachel Mairs and Christelle Fischer-Bovet

3 The Integration of Indigenous Elites and the Development of poleis in the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Empires 86
Philippe Clancier and Gilles Gorre

4 Contextualizing a Ptolemaic Solution: The Institution of the Ethnic politeuma 106
Patrick Sänger


5 Imperial and Indigenous Temporalities in the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Dynasties: A Comparison of Times 129
5A The Seleucid Horizon and Indigenous Elites 129
5B Indigenous Elites and Ptolemaic Dynastic Time 146
Paul Kosmin and Ian Moyer

6 The Visual Representation of Ptolemaic and Seleucid Kings: A Comparative Approach to Portrait Concepts 164
Ralf von den Hoff

7 Monetary Policies, Coin Production, and Currency Supply in the Seleucid and Ptolemaic Empires 191
7A The Seleucid Empire 192
7B The Ptolemaic Empire 210
Panagiotis P. Iossif and Catharine C. Lorber


8 Legitimizing the Foreign King in the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Empires: The Role of Local Elites and Priests 233
8A The Egyptian Priests and the Ptolemaic King 235
8B The Babylonian Priests and the Seleucid King 246
Stefan Pfeiffer and Hilmar Klinkott

9 Antiochus III, Ptolemy IV, and Local Elites: Deal-Making Politics at Its Peak 262
9A The Greek Elites and the Crisis of the Ptolemaic Empire 264
9B The Greek Elites Before and During the Seleucid-Roman War 284
Boris Dreyer and François Gerardin

10 Regional Revolts in the Seleucid and Ptolemaic Empires 301
Sylvie Honigman and Anne-Emmanuelle Veïsse

Bibliography 329
Index 386

The Hardback edition – ISBN: 978-1108479257, 228 x 152 mm, 400 pages – will be available on September 30 and it’s a to read book, BUT yes, there’s a big but… I’ll wait for the paperback version to be published because this will cost £ 90.00 or € 110 and is too much expensive to me. I can’t wait to read the first reviews of the academics even though I’m sure it will be a very valid read! You can add an alert to your Google Calendar HERE.

Have a good Sunday and thanks for following,


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