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Irregular levies and the impact of the roman army in Egypt

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This chapter discusses the irregular levies and the impact of the Roman army in Egypt. There has been considerable debate on the economic impact of the army on Roman provinces. There is some evidence from Egypt for the course of the conventus, and it is clear from similar evidence from Asia Minor, that governors undertook a set itinerary. What we would like to know is if the burden of providing for this and other irregular impositions was distributed equitably. The chapter considers some aspects of the impact of such impositions on the province of Egypt. The main source with which the chapter concerns are the first of two substantial papyri from the Chester Beatty library in Dublin, P. Panop. Beatty 1 and 2, which date from AD 298 and 300 respectively.

Keywords: economic impact; Egypt; irregular levies; Roman army



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