A Greek officer and an Egyptian lady: Ethnic diversity in a wealthy household in Hellenistic Egypt

Lecture: Featured | April 16 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Katelijn Vandorpe, Professor of Ancient History, KU Leuven

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

When Alexander the Great’s general Ptolemy sets up a new dynasty of pharaohs, many Greeks emigrate to the land of the Nile. In her CTP Distinguished Lecture, Professor Vandorpe outlines the policies of the Ptolemaic kings and queens in this early multicultural society and then focuses on the eventful life of a family that is richly documented by a bilingual papyrus archive. This bicultural family, which lives in the southern part of the country, consists of a Greek officer, his son from his first marriage, his Egyptian wife, and their five daughters.