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By George Hinge, Jens A. Krasilnikoff

ISBN-10: 8779344917

ISBN-13: 9788779344914

Through the complete span of Graeco-Roman antiquity, Alexandria represented a gathering position for lots of ethnic cultures and town itself was once topic to quite a lot of neighborhood advancements, which created and formatted a different Alexandrine 'culture' in addition to numerous designated 'cultures'. historic Greek, Roman and Jewish observers communicated or held declare to that exact message. for that reason, Arrian, Theocritus, Strabo, and Athenaeus said their fascination with the Alexandrine melting pot to the broader international as did Philo, Josephus and Clement. In a number of models, the 4 papers of half I of the amount, Alexandria from Greece and Egypt, care for the connection among Ptolemaic Alexandria and its Greek earlier. in spite of the fact that, the Egyptian beginning and history additionally performs vital roles for the arguments. The contributions to the second one a part of the ebook are dedicated to discussions of varied points of touch and improvement among Rome, Judaism and Christianity.

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See, for instance, Samuel 1983, 75-6. Samuel 1983, 82-3. 47 Moreover, it seems certain that the Egyptian segment of the population would have continued to perform religious practices which have not been recorded; one cannot imagine this segment of the population without its own religious needs and desires. However, if the former possibility was indeed the case the Greek understanding of temporal-spatial order, religion and cult and therefore also of a common perception and dependency on history and tradition must have been part of the religions of all “Alexandrines” alike.

2003 Land and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Structure of Land Tenure Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. D. 1998 Religion in Hellenistic Athens (Hellenistic culture and society 29) Berkeley-Los Angeles: University of California Press. Mitchell, B. ” in: R. Brock & S. Hodkinson, Alternatives to Athens. Varieties of Political Organization and Community in Ancient Greece Oxford: Oxford University Press, 82-102. Morris, I. 1987 Burial and Ancient Society: The Rise of the Greek City-State Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

These tombs contained both inhumations and cremations1 and even the occasional mummified body,2 but given the rich population of non-Greek foreigners in Ptolemaic Alexandria and of Egyptians,3 it is surprising that the tombs record little evidence that speaks specifically to their non-Greek occupants. Slight evidence indicates that Egyptians who wished to maintain a separate identity may have been buried in rock-cut surface graves4; some other non-Greeks may have been interred in surface graves that have found little record in the archaeological literature or, less likely, entombed in parts of the necropolises not yet explored; but on current evidence, similarly fashioned monumental tombs seemed to have served the entirety of the culturally assimilated population of Ptolemaic Alexandria.

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