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Title: Ptolemaic Pigs
Subtitle: An Ecological Study
Author(s): THOMPSON, Dorothy J.
Journal: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Volume: 39    Date: 2002   
Pages: 121-138
DOI: 10.2143/BASP.39.0.3278551

Abstract :
This study aims to set papyrological evidence on Ptolemaic pig farming alongside the results of earlier excavations from Amarna, and to place this activity within a geographical and climatological context at a time when the market demand of immigrant Greeks in Alexandria and other cities was responsible for an increased demand for pork and sacrificial animals. The different traditions of Greece and Egypt are considered both lexicographically and in terms of breeds, as are the different operations of pig rearing found in the Zenon and other papyri. Besides their agricultural use, the role of pigs in Fayum reclamation work is stressed.

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