Welcome to AGRE,

the database for agriculture and land use in Graeco-Roman Egypt!

The database AGRE “Agriculture in Graeco-Roman Egypt/Landwirtschaft im griechisch-römischen Ägypten” was created in the context of a research focus program (Forschungsschwerpunkt-Programm, FSP) under the title “Naturräume - Ressourcen - Landwirtschaft” (natural space - resources - agriculture) sponsored by the Land Baden-Württemberg from October 2006 to December 2008 at the University of Tübingen. As a follow-up, there are plans to apply for a SFB (collaborative research center) RessourcenKulturen (ressource cultures).

The database constitutes the preliminary work for the proposed sub-project „Eine diachrone Landwirtschaftsgeschichte Ägyptens“ (a history of agriculture in Egypt through the milennia). The aim is to collect texts from Egypt containing information about agriculture and land use and to present them in such a way as to facilitate searches. In addition to basic metadata on the identification, dating and provenance of the source the full text in transliteration and translation is given. On the other hand, relevant information concerning e.g. agricultural products, specification and location of agricultural areas and tax or lease payments has been pre-processed in a user-friendly way by displaying it on different index cards. By now, ober 600 Demotic texts have been entered, the data is continually being corrected, expanded, and updated. In case the SFB will be approved, hieroglyphic/hieratic, Greek, Coptic, and Arabic sources will be included.

In order to provide a tool for web-based data editing and research which has minimum requirements for installed hard- or software, the development of AGRE is based on MySQL as relational database management system and PHP.

The database can be used with an English or a German interface. Data input is carried out via internet by registered contributors and therefore independent of location. Guests can log in >> here to a special interface with restricted access rights but full data visibility.

In order to enable your computer to display the Egyptological transliteration correctly the font “transliteration” has to be installed (download here).

Technical realisation: Clemens Liedtke, M.A.

Data input: Andreas Winkler, M.A.

Project supervision: Prof. Dr. Christian Leitz, Dr. Sandra Lippert