By Miguel John Versluys
This archaeological research investigates the which means of the Egyptian and egyptianising artefacts which have been preserved from the Roman international in numerous ways.
Its aspect of departure is an in depth research at the so-called Nilotic scenes or Nilotic landscapes. The e-book offers a finished and illustrated catalogue of the style that used to be renowned everywhere in the Mediterranean from the Hellenistic interval to the Christian period in addition to a contextualisation and interpretation.
Drawing at the conclusions therefore reached the entire crew of Aegyptiaca Romana is for this reason studied. in line with a basic evaluation of this fabric within the Roman international and, furthermore, a case-study of the Aegyptiaca from the town of Rome the several meanings of this cultural phenomenon are mapped. including different Egyptian deities well known within the Roman international, the goddess Isis performs a major function during this discussion.
Aegyptiaca Romana, between them the Nilotic scenes, are a part of the mirrored image of the Roman angle in the direction of and techniques 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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I believe, however, that these will not alter fundamentally the image presented here. As soon as the collection of the material could reasonably be called representative, I have opted for an emphasis on interpretation rather than an expansion of the material, with all attendant dangers. Therefore also in the presentation of the catalogue no comprehensiveness was aimed for. If a reliable, easily accessible description of the representation is available, then this is briefly indicated and the reader is referred to the relevant publication.
Later Nilotic scenes are much less elaborate and have a simpler character; often only a few lotus flowers or a dancing dwarf point to the background of the representation. These dissociated elements make the criteria on which a Nilotic scene can be defined as such more fluid. A large number of scenes from the Roman world have survived in which Nilotic elements can be seen, in which, as far as can be ascertained, the presentation is not pictured as on or at the Nile. The presence of Nile water, whether or not suggested by a lotus flower, has primarily determined the selection.
NILOTIC LANDSCAPES 27 As will become clear later, Nilotic scenes were popular in all parts of the Roman Empire and they occur, in diverse forms and of diverse qualities, from the second century Be until the sixth century AD in many different contexts. It can thus be concluded that they are pre-eminently testimonies to the relations between Rome and Egypt, and the relatively modest attention they have received seems explainable only from the 'Forschungsgeschichte' as described earlier. Only sometimes do Nilotic scenes seem clearly religious and hence are included in the literature concerning Isis and the Egyptian gods.