Annual John Percival Postgate Lecture
- Dr Fred Hirt
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"Slavery in Hellenistic Egypt: what do the papyri tell us?"
Papyri, preserved in the dry desert sands of Egypt and published by scholars for over a century, provide a unique source for life in the ancient world. What can we learn from them about the institution of slavery and about the life experience of slaves in Egypt? How far did Egypt’s conquest by Alexander the Great and the installation of a new dynasty of immigrant pharaohs, the Ptolemies, affect traditional social norms in the country? And what of the slaves themselves? The lecture will explore the wealth of this textual material and its capacity to answer such questions.