By Miguel John Versluys
This archaeological examine investigates the which means of the Egyptian and egyptianising artefacts which were preserved from the Roman international in numerous ways.
Its element of departure is a close learn at the so-called Nilotic scenes or Nilotic landscapes. The booklet provides a complete and illustrated catalogue of the style that used to be well known everywhere in 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 for that reason studied. according to a normal assessment of this fabric within the Roman global and, additionally, a case-study of the Aegyptiaca from town of Rome different meanings of this cultural phenomenon are mapped. including different Egyptian deities well known within the Roman international, the goddess Isis performs a massive position 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 recommendations on Egypt, Egyptian tradition and the East. The concluding a part of the ebook illustrates and attempts to give an explanation for this Roman discourse on Egypt.
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With Flaubert and Barbey d'Aurevilly, for instance, Isis mainly serves as mystification 54 This print was published in the travel account which was actually written by Vivant Denon, but published under the name of J-C. R. A. ), Dominique- Vivant Denon. C. Conte Corti, Untergang und Auferstehung von PompeJi und Herculaneum (1943) pI. 13. 55 Cf. Aubaude 1997, n. 3 for references to literature on the role of Isis in the publications of the mentioned authors and others. For an overview of the Egyptian influence on European/French authors in general see Starkey 1998, Ch.
In the EPRO (Etudes Preliminaires aux Religions Orientales dans l'Empire Romain) series initiated by him, an attempt has been made to make all monuments and artefacts of the eastern cults in the Roman Empire accessible in the form of inventories; in the meantime more than 100 volumes have been published. s. have been compiling a bibliographic inventory, IBIS, since 1972. Concerning other aspects of the Egyptian presence in Italy, the situation is totally different. Both the political relations between the 49 Cf.
62 Cf. Takacs 1995, 1-5 and as an illustration the quotation by Vidman, which will be discussed in section 3 of this chapter. 63 Cf. V. " 22 PART I: INTRODUCTION 20th century were engaged in the study of the role of the Egyptian gods and culture with the Romans, has an egyptological background. The fact that originally egyptologists were dealing with this aspect of the classical world will certainly play a part in the emphasising of the cultic aspect in the Roman context, because of the very dominant character of religion and gods in the Egyptian world and hence the remains of that world and the research tradition engaged in it.