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By Katherine Blouin

among the Roman annexation of Egypt and the Arab interval, the Nile Delta went from which includes seven branches to 2, specifically the present Rosetta and Damietta branches. For historians, this can seem like a gradual procedure, yet on a geomorphological scale, it's a fairly quickly one. How did it ensue? How did human motion give a contribution to the phenomenon? Why did it begin round the Roman interval? and the way did it influence on historical Deltaic groups? This quantity displays on
these questions by way of targeting a district of the north-eastern Delta known as the Mendesian Nome.

The Mendesian Nome is without doubt one of the only a few Deltaic zones documented via an important variety of papyri. thus far, this documentation hasn't ever been topic to a accomplished learn. but it offers us with a wealth of data at the region's panorama, administrative geography, and agrarian economic system. ranging from those papyri and from all to be had facts, this quantity investigates the advanced networks of relationships among Mendesian environments, socio-economic dynamics, and agro-fiscal
policies. eventually, it poses the query of the 'otherness' of the Nile Delta, inside of Egypt and, extra widely, the Roman Empire. part I units the wider hydrological, documentary, and ancient contexts from which the Roman-period Mendesian proof stem. part II is devoted to the
reconstruction of the Mendesian panorama, whereas part III examines the thoughts of diversification and the modes of valorization of marginal land attested within the nome. eventually, part IV analyses the socio-environmental obstacle that affected the nome within the moment half the second one century AD.

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