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Approaching Late AntiquityThe Transformation from Early to Late Empire$
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Simon Swain and Mark Edwards

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297375.001.0001

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Transition and Change in Diocletian’s Egypt: Province and Empire in the Late Third Century

Transition and Change in Diocletian’s Egypt: Province and Empire in the Late Third Century

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(p.82) 4 Transition and Change in Diocletian’s Egypt: Province and Empire in the Late Third Century
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Approaching Late Antiquity
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Colin Adams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297375.003.0004

This chapter considers the early reforms of Diocletian in Egypt and places some of the changes that occurred during his principate into their broader historical context. The intention is to use particular evidence from Egypt to illustrate and inform some issues of importance to the central theme of this volume — the transition from the third to fourth centuries of our era. The chapter focuses on two lengthy and important papyri, dating to ad 298 and ad 300 respectively, which originate from the city of Panopolis in Middle Egypt. Between them, they contain some 735 lines of text, which preserve the outgoing correspondence of the stratē of the Panopolite nome, and the incoming correspondence to the stratē from the office of the procurator of the Lower Thebaid, in whose administrative district the Panopolite nome lay.

Keywords:   Diocletian, Egypt, Late Antiquity, papyri, Panopolis

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