The Dung Boats of Memphis (2nd-3rdCenturies CE)

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The 'Greek Passage' was a specific kind of boat that was dedicated to the conveyance of manure. It is evidenced in Memphis only by two Roman papyri. It seems that there were several kinds of such boats, operating on various scales and revealing various architectural features. The conveyance of dung may imply elites who were interested in a lucrative agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-138
Number of pages19
JournalArchiv fur Papyrusforschung und Verwandte Gebiete
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

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© 2020 by Walter de Gruyter.


  • agriculture
  • conveyance
  • dung
  • marsh
  • navigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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