By Miguel John Versluys
This archaeological learn investigates the which means of the Egyptian and egyptianising artefacts which have been preserved from the Roman international in several ways.
Its aspect of departure is a close research at the so-called Nilotic scenes or Nilotic landscapes. The publication provides a accomplished and illustrated catalogue of the style that was once 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 workforce of Aegyptiaca Romana is thus studied. in keeping with a normal review of this fabric within the Roman international and, in addition, 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 big 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 innovations on Egypt, Egyptian tradition and the East. The concluding a part of the ebook illustrates and attempts to provide an explanation for this Roman discourse on Egypt.
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Grimm presents a reconstruction in which emperors such as Nero and Vespasian are regarded as egyptophile, which contradicts therefore to a large extent the overview given here. Cf. also V. Tran Tam Tinh, Les empereurs romains versus Isis, Serapis, in: A. ), Suiject and ruler: the cult qf the ruling power in classical antiquity (1996) 215-230. 'FORSCHUNGSGESCHICHTE' 25 structure at the far end of the Canopus has been called Serapeum since the 18th century, as it was thought that the Serapeum of Alexandria was copied here.
If a recent publication is available with a good bibliography on the Nilotic scene, this will be referred to with the indication 'with further previous literature'. Sometimes a context has preserved more than one Nilotic scene. 40 PART II: CORPUS FIGURARUM NILOTICARUM If it roughly concerns the same kind of (archaeological) material from the same period, these are discussed as one catalogue number. , concerns a mosaic from the period around 25 Be and a wallpainting from c. AD 70 with a totally different character, the testimonies from the same context are split up into two catalogue numbers.
The French author Gerard de Nerval is probably the most notable example of an author for whom Isis played an important role and he will therefore be discussed in more detail 56 • He writes an essay on the Isis temple in Pompeii with an evocation of a religious ceremony; in the novel ~lvie, he starts off with an Isis-theophany; also in Aurelia a number of theophanies appear, while Isis is equated with Venus and Mary; and in the Vqyage en Orient, he mentions his frantic efforts to have the Isis mysteries re-enacted at the foot of the pyramids in Giza.
Aegyptiaca Romana: Nilotic Scenes and the Roman View of Egypt by Miguel John Versluys