By Miguel John Versluys
This archaeological research investigates the that means of the Egyptian and egyptianising artefacts which were preserved from the Roman global in several ways.
Its aspect of departure is a close learn at the so-called Nilotic scenes or Nilotic landscapes. The booklet offers a accomplished and illustrated catalogue of the style that was once 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 therefore reached the full crew of Aegyptiaca Romana is as a result studied. in accordance with a basic evaluate of this fabric within the Roman international and, furthermore, a case-study of the Aegyptiaca from the town of Rome the several meanings of this cultural phenomenon are mapped. including different Egyptian deities well known within the Roman global, the goddess Isis performs a tremendous 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 techniques on Egypt, Egyptian tradition and the East. The concluding a part of the booklet illustrates and attempts to give an explanation for this Roman discourse on Egypt.
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The first danger with such processes is that they reinforce themselves: new evidence will be fitted into the existing reconstruction and thus seems to verify it. For instance, when the find of a small statue of Isis in spot x has led to the reconstruction of a cult place for the goddess, then the find of such a small statue in spot y will be used to underpin the first reconstruction and to prove a second one: also in spot y was an Isis temple. Thus a generally accepted paradigm will soon come into being.
This cannot apply to the Egyptian and egyptian ising artefacts in the Roman world in general and to the Roman conceptualisation of Egypt. Hopefully a new line of approach will be added in these respects which will be valuable enough to be elaborated further and more systematically. PART II CORPUS FIGURARUM NILOTICARUM CORPUS FIGURARUM NILOTICARUM In the following corpus, 131 Nilotic scenes are topographically organised, presented, described and illustrated. The catalogue aims to give a representative overview of the Nilotic landscapes preserved from the Roman world from the second century BC to the sixth century AD.
The majority arrived in Italy as slaves and they therefore generally belonged to the lowest social strata of the population. Egyptians are mentioned and depicted as slaves, dancers, acrobats and actors, but also as philosophers and business men. 1 The character if the 19th and 2 Oth century research tradition The presence of Egyptians and aspects of Egyptian culture in Italy from the first century BC was thus legion in all kinds of social spheres and among all social strata. If we review the scholary literature devoted to this from the end of the 19th century, it immediately strikes us that the Isis cult received the major part of the attention.
Aegyptiaca Romana: Nilotic Scenes and the Roman View of Egypt by Miguel John Versluys