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Fachbereich Alte Geschichte, Sabine Huebner
Antinoupolis – a new Polis in Egypt. Some remarks on the development of the city in the 2nd and 3rd century AD
Antinoupolis was founded in 130 AD by the Roman emperor Hadrian. He granted the new city both the status of a polis and a number of privileges to the new settlers. Within the province of Aegyptus, the city and its colonists therefore occupied a special position, which even competed with that of the Alexandrians. The paper will take a closer look at this implied status of Antinoupolis within the province and will ask how Hadrian’s new foundation developed in the 2nd and 3rd century. In the 2nd century, the granting of privileges led to the Antinoites having a special position compared to all other inhabitants of the province, but nevertheless the new foundation does not seem to have fulfilled the expectations originally set for it. In the 3rd century, Antinoupolis then saw the gradual erosion of its privileges under a simultaneous increase in urban representation of the metropoleis of the nomes. Did the polis nevertheless succeed in maintaining its position within the province?
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