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Economic aspects of houses and housing in Roman Egypt

Gendy, IA el A; (1990) Economic aspects of houses and housing in Roman Egypt. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The thesis consists of a general introduction and four chapters. Chapter I deals with the factors which influence the property market, such as: 1) reasons for selling or purchasing house property or building land, for enlarging or consolidating house property, other forms of acquisition of the property, 2) Factors which determine the price of house property (dimension, construction, building materials and labour costs, etc.). Chapter II is concerned with the prices of houses and building land. The documents are grouped by nome in chronological order. As far as the evidence allows, comparisons are between price levels in villages and cities, and between nomes. Chapter III surveys rented house property 1) houses, flats, rooms, 2) industrial and business premises. One particularly interesting problem is the abundance of antichretic loans (with the right of habitation in lieu of interest), which may be linked to the almost complete lack of contracts of rent in the first century of Roman rule. ii Chapter /V attempts a comparison between village houses in Roman Egypt and those in Modern Egypt. The conclusion: The building materials, the location, the dimension, the condition, construction, economic condition play an important part in determining the prices and rents of houses. The sizes of houses varied greatly, but most houses were small. The rural houses were generally larger than the urban houses. The average price in the first two centuries is lower than in the third century. It is also lower in villages than in cities. The level of rents in the first two centuries is lower than in the third century. The rents of houses in the first two centuries are very reasonable compared with the daily or monthly wages of the workers. The modern village houses are very similar to the houses of the Roman period.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Economic aspects of houses and housing in Roman Egypt
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115556
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