I’m reading a history of Ancient Egypt. And there are two bits that would help me get a grasp on what I’m reading, two bits that don’t seem to be in the book.
One is the population, which I can find online. 1-5 million, dependent upon period.
But the other is the size of the fertile area. This is of course in three parts, the Delta, the Fayoum and the banks of the Nile itself. From what I’m reading those bankside fertile areas could be very narrow. A hundred or two hundred metres perhas. And at times much wider.
But is there any estimate of what that fertile area amounted to in total? Not that it’s important at all, but connecting the arable land area with the population would give an idea of real population density which is useful in imagining actual living conditions.
So, anyone know?