Thursday, April 20, 2006

Egypt the treasure house

Grading papers for Ancient Civilization today, I read a lot of short descriptions of Cleopatra and the Second Triumvirate, and it occurred to me that maybe I should have said a bit more about the importance of the competition between Antony and Octavian for the great prize of Egypt, about how much Octavian/Augustus relied on it for funding his regime, and how right up till the end of the period we studied Egypt continued to be a treasure house, feeding for instance Constantine's New Rome.

Since I can't go back and say those things, I say them here. Looking over all those short identification "gobbets" (as they say in England) reminded me of those things.


Blogger Another Damned Medievalist said...

One of the possibly dubious things I tend to do is to mention the anti-oriental attitude of some of Alexander's followers, specifically so I can bring in Octavian's anti-orientalism campaign against Antony. Which means I should probably read Said one of these days ... One can't only rely on Syme.

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