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The demography of Roman Egypt

Author: Roger S Bagnall; Bruce W Frier
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge studies in population, economy, and society in past time, 23.
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(Publisher-supplied data) The traditional demographic regime of ancient Greece and Rome is almost entirely unknown; but our best chance for understanding its characteristics is provided by the three hundred census returns that survive on papyri from Roman Egypt. These returns, which date from the first three centuries AD, list the members of ordinary households living in the Nile valley: not only family members, but  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger S Bagnall; Bruce W Frier
ISBN: 0521461235 9780521461238 9780521025966 0521025966
OCLC Number: 28927049
Description: xix, 354 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Ansley J. Coale --
1. The census returns. 1. The documents and the history of the census. 2. The census process. 3. The form of the returns. 4. Government uses of the returns --
2. The census returns as demographic evidence. 1. The scientific study of human populations. 2. Data bases. 3. Demographic quality of the census returns. 4. Assessment of the census returns --
3. Households. 1. The population of Egypt. 2. Household forms. 3. Metropoleis and villages --
4. Female life expectancy. 1. Life tables and stable populations. 2. The female age structure. 3. The female life table --
5. Male life expectancy and the sex ratio. 1. The sex ratio. 2. The age-specific sex ratio. 3. A provisional male life table. 4. The total Egyptian age distribution. 5. Egyptian mortality: a general assessment --
6. Marriage. 1. Age at first marriage. 2. The age difference between husbands and wives. 3. Marriage patterns. 4. Brother-sister marriage --
7. Fertility. 1. Overall female fertility. 2. Controls on population growth. 3. Births outside of marriage. 4. Births to slave women --
8. Migration --
9. Conclusion. 1. A typical Mediterranean population? 2. A stable population? --
Catalogue of census declarations --
App. 1: Minor corrections to census texts --
App. 2: Concordance of publications and household numbers --
App. 3: Statistical methods --
App. 4: Tables A-D.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in population, economy, and society in past time, 23.
Responsibility: Roger S. Bagnall and Bruce W. Frier.
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(Publisher-supplied data) The traditional demographic regime of ancient Greece and Rome is almost entirely unknown; but our best chance for understanding its characteristics is provided by the three hundred census returns that survive on papyri from Roman Egypt. These returns, which date from the first three centuries AD, list the members of ordinary households living in the Nile valley: not only family members, but lodgers and slaves. The Demography of Roman Egypt has a complete and accurate catalogue of all demographically relevant information contained in the returns. On the basis of this catalogue, the authors use modern demographic methods and models to reconstruct the patterns of mortality, marriage, fertility and migration that are likely to have prevailed in Roman Egypt. They recreate a more or less typical Mediterranean population as it survived and prospered nearly two millennia ago.

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