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(δωρεά, dōreá; ‘gift, present’). As a technical term the word has so far been attested only from Ptolemaic Egypt ( Ptolemies), though the underlying practice of giving away land is known from all Hellenistic monarchies ( Hellenistic politics). In Egypt the dōreaí are well documented as an independent category of land holding. The institution can be traced to both Oriental and Macedonian roots. It concerns the transference of land holding and/or any income derived from it by the kings to individuals among their follower…

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Gerber, Jörg (Bochum), “Dorea”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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