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Karanis, An Egyptian Town in Roman Times
Discoveries of the University of Michigan Expedition to Egypt (1924-1935)

Edited by Elaine K. Gazda

Karanis, An Egyptian Town in Roman Times
Paperback, 50 pages £8.00
Published: 2004
ISBN: 9780974187303
Format: 215mm x 280mm
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Subjects: Classical Studies and Ancient History, Egyptology, Kelsey Museum Publications
Series: Kelsey Museum Publications

Karanis, a town in Egypt's Fayum region founded around 250 BC, housed a farming community with a diverse population and a complex material culture that lasted for hundreds of years. Ultimately abandoned and partly covered by the encroaching desert, Karanis eventually proved to be an extraordinarily rich archaeological site, yielding tens of thousands of artifacts and texts on papyrus that provide a wealth of information about daily life in the Roman-period Egyptian town. This volume tells of the history and culture of Karanis, and also provides a useful introduction to the University of Michigan's excavations between 1924 and 1935 and to the artifacts, archival records and photographs of the excavation that now form one of the major components of the collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

Preface to the Second Edition   T.G. Wilfong

Acknowledgements for the Original Edition   Elaine K. Gazda

Karanis in Perspective   Andrea M. Berlin and Elaine K. Gazda

The Rural Economy   Andrea M. Berlin

Domestic Life   Elaine K. Gazda and Jacqueline Royer

The Temples and the Gods   Elaine K. Gazda

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Elaine K. Gazda is Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in the Department of the History of Art and Curator of Hellenistic and Roman Collections at the Kelsey Museum. She was Director of the Kelsey Museum from 1986 to 1997, Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology from 2006 to 2009, and head curator for the installation of the Kelsey’s William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing in 2009.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 50 pages
 215mm x 280mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002030, SOC003000
 Kelsey Museum Publications


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