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Lost in Egypt's honeycombed hills, distanced by its western desert, or rendered inaccessible by subsequent urban occupation, the monumental decorated tombs of the Graeco-Roman period have received little scholarly attention. This volume serves to redress this deficiency. It explores the narrative pictorial programs of a group of decorated tombs from Ptolemaic and Roman-period Egypt (c.300 BCE–250 CE). Its aim is to recognize the tombs' commonalities and differences across ethnic divides and to determine the rationale that lies behind these connections and dissonances. This book sets the tomb programs within their social, political, and religious context and analyzes the manner in which the multicultural population of Graeco-Roman Egypt chose to negotiate death and the afterlife.Read more
- Examines important tombs, many of which have been lost, that have not previously been analysed
- Covers an important period in the ancient world when aspirations were changing during fraught times
- Introduces a new way of looking at these tomb programs
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- Date Published: November 2015
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107048089
- dimensions: 287 x 224 x 20 mm
- weight: 1.11kg
- contains: 159 b/w illus. 34 colour illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Death, bilingualism, and biography in the 'eventide' of Egypt: the Tomb of Petosiris and its afterlife
2. Egypt as metaphor: visual bilingualism in the monumental tombs of ancient Alexandria
3. Greek myth as metaphor in the chora of Egypt
4. Tradition and innovation in the tombs of the Egyptian chora Tuna el-Gebel
5. Bricolage and Greek-collage in the tombs of the Egyptian chora
6. Intersection and interconnection in the negotiation of the afterlife in tombs of Graeco-Roman Egypt.
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