Graeco-Roman Egypt and the Question of Cultural Interactions

Jean Bingen

in Hellenistic Egypt

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748615780
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670727 | DOI:
Graeco-Roman Egypt and the Question of Cultural Interactions

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The rich documentation in both Egyptian and Greek from Hellenistic Egypt offers an exceptional opportunity to study cultural interaction in the ancient world. This chapter looks at the difficulties posed by such study from the conceptual and methodological points of view. Neither “Greek” nor “Egyptian” is in fact a simple, coherent category, both groups having tremendous internal diversity and in some cases long interaction before the Ptolemaic period. The evidence suggests for the early centuries the maintenance of separate cultural traditions, but the same individual can operate in both in their different languages, exaggerating the appearance of separation. It is particularly in the area of religion that interaction can be seen to be intense and complex.

Keywords: Egyptian religion; temples; intermarriage; bilingualism; epigraphy

Chapter.  6544 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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