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A JOURNEY TO THE AFTERLIFE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE MISTRESS OF NAVIGATION: A ‘NEW’ FUNERARY BELIEF FROM ROMAN MEMPHIS*

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The study of Egyptian personal religiosity during the third century ad presents an interesting opportunity to explore the processes of cultural encounters between Egypt and the Roman Empire. The religious situation was more complicated and variegated than the textual evidence seems to suggest; sometimes one becomes aware of the existence of certain beliefs only through their iconographic record. For this reason, decorated stelae, coffins, and mummy wrappings are crucial materials for research into questions of religious exchange. This article presents the case of a third-century ad shroud from Memphis painted with a woman's portrait and funerary scenes, along with a representation of Isis navigans.

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jonatan.ortiz@uv.es
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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Dr Carmen Alfaro and Dr Antonio J. Morales for their help. Needless to say, all errors remain my own responsibility. I would also like to thank the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin, and especially its director, Dr Friederike Seyfried, for granting me permission to study, and publish images of, the wrapping that is featured in this article. Many thanks also to Dr Cäcilia Fluck for all her help.

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J. Ortiz-García , ‘Painting on Linen Cloth in Antiquity: Shrouds from Roman Egypt as a Source for Research’, Textile: Cloth and Culture 15.1 (2017), 3447

H. Kockelmann , Praising the Goddess. A Comparative and Annotated Re-Edition of Six Demotic Hymns and Praises Addressed to Isis (Berlin and New York, 2008), 58

E. R. Williams , ‘Isis Pelagia and a Roman Marble Matrix from the Athenian Agora’, Hesperia 54.2 (1985), 115

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Greece & Rome
  • ISSN: 0017-3835
  • EISSN: 1477-4550
  • URL: /core/journals/greece-and-rome
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