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Flash Talk | "That nothing be lost to the Most Sacred Treasury": Motivating the State in Roman Egypt

Brendan Haug, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Archivist of the Papyrology Collection
Friday, August 6, 2021
12:00-12:30 PM
Petitioning one's government is nothing new. In a papyrus from 210/11 CE Roman Egypt, a group of landowners and renters petitioned their government to help with a local water management issue. The papyrus clearly illustrates the deep entanglement between state power and local society in the management of the Fayum's rural countryside and shines a light on the mechanism(s) by which country farmers could motivate the state to intervene in local affairs. Join Prof. Brendan Haug as he explores these issues and the power of the ancient people.

Kelsey Museum Flash Talks are 15-minute Zoom lectures by Kelsey curators, staff members, researchers, and graduate students talking about their recent research or current projects. Each presentation is followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Flash Talks are free and open to all visitors. They take place at noon on the first Friday of every month.

Join us via Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 965 5105 2011
Passcode: Kelsey
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Password: Kelsey
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Ancient Egypt, Archaeology, Classical Studies, Free, Lecture
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