By Miguel John Versluys
This archaeological learn investigates the which means of the Egyptian and egyptianising artefacts which have been preserved from the Roman global in numerous ways.
Its aspect of departure is an in depth examine at the so-called Nilotic scenes or Nilotic landscapes. The publication provides a entire and illustrated catalogue of the style that used to be renowned all over the Mediterranean from the Hellenistic interval to the Christian period in addition to a contextualisation and interpretation.
Drawing at the conclusions hence reached the full team of Aegyptiaca Romana is in this case studied. in response to a normal assessment of this fabric within the Roman global and, additionally, a case-study of the Aegyptiaca from the town of Rome the several meanings of this cultural phenomenon are mapped. including different Egyptian deities renowned within the Roman international, the goddess Isis performs an enormous function during this discussion.
Aegyptiaca Romana, between them the Nilotic scenes, are a part of the mirrored image of the Roman perspective in the direction of and options on Egypt, Egyptian tradition and the East. The concluding a part of the e-book illustrates and attempts to provide an explanation for this Roman discourse on Egypt.
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Cf. Meyboom 1995, V n. 32 and appendix 21. Cf. for Demetrios and other Egyptians living in Rome further Ch. 4. 45 Cf. Fraser 1972 1,800; Malaise 1972b, 317-318 and De Vos 1980, 78. It is still not clear to what extent we can speak of a permanent Italian presence in Alexandria in that period, cf. Malaise 1972b, 319-320 and the publication of a bust of a 'Roman' from Alexandria, probably to be dated around 50 BC, by H. Lauter, Ein Romerportrat in Alexandria, RM 102 (1995) 171-172. 46 Now for the first time a hippopotamus is shown in Rome.
How did it happen that Isis acquired such an important, dominant role? It is, of course, not illogical that the goddess, together with other Egyptian and eastern gods, received much attention when a scholar occupied himself with the relations between Italy and Egypt. Mter all much literary, epigraphic and archaeological material has been preserved concerning this goddess. The un-Romanness and mysteriousness of her cult and her manifestation would also have played a part: it is a fascinating subject of study.
Both the frontispiece of the original publication of the Description de l'Egypte: Antiquites of 1809 and that of the from 1821 onwards much more widely distributed 'edition Pancoucke' illustrate which elements of Egypt struck the European observer as typical: pyramids, obelisks, the enormous temple complexes, palm trees and the Nile ,05 • The hallmark of Egypt, the pyramids, does not appear in any Nilotic scene, obelisks and monumental temples only rarely so. The Nile, recognizable by the typical lotus flower, is a set element in Nilotic landscapes.