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Saturday, September 27, 2008

REVIEW: Roger S. Bagnall (ed.), Egypt in the Byzantine World 300-700.

Roger S. Bagnall (ed.), Egypt in the Byzantine World 300-700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Pp. xv, 464; figs. 74. ISBN 978-0-521-87137-2. $99.00.

Reviewed by Shawn W.J. Keough, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (shawn.keough@theo.kuleuven.be)
Word count: 1105 words

This book's genesis lies in the annual Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies, which in 2004 was dedicated to the theme 'Egypt in the Byzantine World, 450-700'. Roger Bagnall subsequently expanded the focus of the symposium and invited further contributions from notable specialists, so that the resultant volume represents a valuable and timely collection of essays which not only outlines the state of the very best contemporary scholarship on late antique Egypt, but also demonstrates the extent to which further work is necessary and indicates what directions may be most fruitful for such future research.

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