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Triangular LandscapesEnvironment, Society, and the State in the Nile Delta under Roman Rule$
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Katherine Blouin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688722.001.0001

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The Boukoloi Uprising1

The Boukoloi Uprising1

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Triangular Landscapes

Katherine Blouin

Oxford University Press

During the second half of the second century AD, the northern Nile Delta was prey to troubles involving insurgents commonly known as the Boukoloi, from the Greek boukolos, ‘herdsman’. To date, this is the only Egyptian uprising known to have happened in the province. This chapter proposes a socio-environmental analysis of the uprising through a thorough historical reconstruction of the conflict, an examination of the social representations associated with the Boukoloi, and an analysis of ancient evidence regarding the human occupation and economy of the wetlands of the northern Nile Delta. Ultimately, it argues that the Boukoloi uprising can be seen as the result of the long-term socio-hydrological pressures and Roman-period agro-fiscal dynamics discussed throughout this book.

Keywords:   Boukoloi, uprising, Nile Delta, marshes, social representations, economy

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