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Uniting Two Worlds: Lower Nubia In The Time Of The Meroitic Viceroys (C. 30bc To The Middle Of The Ad Fourth Century)

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The adherence to the traditions of the Ptolemaic administration was a self-evident, highly pragmatic decision. In the local administration the office of the strategos retained its Ptolemaic characteristics as it is also shown by what we know about the government of Lower Nubia. The Demotic oaths taken by Lower Nubians in the first century BC and the AD first century depict the district-commissioner as a sort of appellate judge. Historians of the age of Augustus tend to interpret the surrendering of the larger part of the Triakontaschoinos as an early sign for a new, prudent foreign policy, which preferred more economical solutions of frontier defence to the traditional self-contained expansionism. The Meroitic finewares produced in industrial quantities in the south display the influence of Hellenistic and Roman imports and Hellenistic and Roman Egyptian wares as it was mediated by the court and the royal workshops.

Keywords: Augustus; Hellenistic import; Lower Nubia; Meroitic viceroys; Ptolemaic Egypt; Triakontaschoinos



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