By Miguel John Versluys
This archaeological examine investigates the which means of the Egyptian and egyptianising artefacts which have been preserved from the Roman global in numerous ways.
Its element of departure is an in depth learn at the so-called Nilotic scenes or Nilotic landscapes. The e-book offers a entire and illustrated catalogue of the style that used to be well known 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 entire team of Aegyptiaca Romana is consequently studied. in keeping with a basic evaluation of this fabric within the Roman international and, in addition, a case-study of the Aegyptiaca from 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 a huge 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 options 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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The lower half of the Nile mosaic from Palestrina shows, amongst other things, rituals with respect to the Nile flood and the gods Isis and Osiris associated with it. The comprehensive picture illustrates the happy state of Egypt due to the Nile flood. It thus would have a basically religious meaning in that it portrays the tmphe of the country bestowed by Isis and Osiris. The presence of the mosaic in Praeneste is explained by Meyboom also from the assimilation of Isis with Fortuna, the city goddess of Praeneste, to whom the abundance shown in the mosaic was due.
See for an explicit expression of this once more general conviction Lambrechts 1956, 7: "Maar ook mag men als zeker aannnemen dat veel Romeinen zich tot de Egyptische goden bekeerden. Zulks geldt voor de vrouwen (en liefst die welke tot het weinig aanbevelenswaardig wereldje van de toenmalige demi-monde behoorden) maar ook heel wat mannen blijken aanhangers van die exotische godsdienst te zijn geweest. " 28 PART I: INTRODUCTION 3. 1 Difinition Nilotic scenes or Nilotic landscapes can be defined as images of the (flooded) Nile and the banks of the river with the flora, fauna, structures and activities of the population.
In the company of her consort Ptolemy XIV, her son and a large retinue, amongst whom eunuchs, valets, the philosopher Philostratos and the singer and musical virtuoso M. Tigellius Hermogenes, she keeps a royal court and receives members of the Roman aristocracy, amongst whom Cicero. InJuly 46 BC Caesar's victory in Egypt is celebrated, together with other successes, with a triumphal procession, during which many Egyptian exotics were shown to the people 46 • The political role of Egypt changes sharply in the period from 43 BC onwards, from friendly nation and vassal state to national enemy par excellence.