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Egyptian priests in Ptolemaic Tebtunis: Administration, associations, and economy

Monson, Andrew P.; (2002) Egyptian priests in Ptolemaic Tebtunis: Administration, associations, and economy. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis provides an overview and interpretation of the available documentary evidence and its material context concerning the temple of Soknebtunis in Tebtunis during the Ptolemaic period. This study comes at a time when new excavations and new projects for major collections are on the verge of considerably multiplying the amount of evidence. While the accumulation of data is welcome, it is also necessary to re-evaluate the Tebtunis papyri housed in the Cairo Museum, which have been largely neglected since they were catalogued in 1908. Based primarily on this evidence, the thesis outlines the temple personnel, including their administrative and professional duties, while attempting to illustrate the social and economic relationships of the temple of Soknebtunis with local cult associations and with a prominent family in the village. The first chapter addresses the relationship of the Tebtunis papyri to their archaeological context through an overview of excavations and of projects to publish texts. The second chapter sketches some basic features of temple organization by analyzing priestly titles and the activities of their holders. The third chapter tries to establish the role of formal associations for social and cult gatherings in the temple community. The fourth chapter attempts to determine the social status and economic basis of a family of priests over the second and first centuries BC. Although the publication of new data may necessitate future revisions, this study provides a framework for the organization of the temple of Soknebtunis in the Ptolemaic period.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: Egyptian priests in Ptolemaic Tebtunis: Administration, associations, and economy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This thesis has been digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10173207
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