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The historical international involves existence within the first quantity in a booklet sequence at the heritage of Egypt, spanning the first farmers to the development of the pyramids. Famed archaeologist John Romer attracts on a life of examine to tell one history's maximum tales; how, over greater than 1000 years, a society of farmers created a wealthy, bright global the place essentially the most fantastic of all human-made landmarks, the good Pyramid, used to be built. Immersing the reader within the Egypt of the earlier, Romer examines and demanding situations the long-held theories approximately what archaeological unearths suggest and what stories they inform approximately how the Egyptians lived. greater than simply an account of 1 of the main attention-grabbing classes of heritage, this engrossing booklet asks readers to take a step again and query what they've realized approximately Egypt long ago. fanatics of Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra and background buffs can be captivated through this re-telling of Egyptian heritage, written by means of one of many best Egyptologists on the earth.

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As the latter concept is all about reciprocal cultural interaction, cultural choice, identity, Hellenisation and, not to be forgotten, unbalanced power relations, it is worthwhile to look what role the cults of the Egyptian gods played therein. 15 The case studies 13 Grundlegend Fraser, Two studies. For the most recent overview of the debate and some new suggestions see Malaise, Terminologie 127-139. 14 Cf. Bricault, Esquisse 553. 15 S. A. Takács, Cult, dedicators and dedications of Isis and Sarapis in Lydia and Mysia, in: Hoffmann, Ägyptische Kulte im Osten 155-168, 167-168.

In a final paragraph then, these conclu- aegyptiaca romana: the widening debate 13 sions are imbedded in the wider debate on acculturation processes in general and cultural identities in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt in particular; the final context of the Ras el-Soda sanctuary. Prospects Can the debate widen even further, one might ask after having read Naerebout? Yes it can—and must. A recent, thought provoking article by Jás Elsner serves as an excellent illustration19. Elsner defines classicism as the “emulation of any earlier set of visual styles, forms or iconographies” arguing that “Roman Classicism is Egyptianizing and Italicizing as well as Hellenizing, centrifugal in its dispersal among the provincial arts as well as centripetally focused on Greece”20.

63 Cf. L. Bricault, Un phare, une flotte, Isis, Faustine et l’annone, CdÉ 75 (2000) 137-141. 64 Cf. RICIS 113/0201, 113/0218 (Dion), 113/0301 (Beroia), 113/0523 (Thessalonique). la diffusion des cultes isiaques 33 peut que sa nouvelle image hellénisée d’un enfant, déhanché et tenant une corne d’abondance, ait été réalisée à Alexandrie.

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