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Understanding Egypt In Egypt And Beyond

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The use of Egyptian styles, symbols and motives outside the land of the Nile proper is well known in Antiquity from a very early period onwards. Hieroglyphic writing, for instance, was now apparently only understood by a small group and in texts that have been preserved, hieroglyphs sometimes have become visual signs without a textual meaning. This chapter gives some examples of how Egyptian themes, styles and motives were used as 'cultural concepts' in the Mediterranean""from the Bronze Age up to the Hellenistic and Roman period""and discuss what they mean in those contexts. It provides some examples of how 'Egypt' could function as a cultural concept in Egypt itself, there also working from earlier periods towards the Roman era. The figure of Perseus will certainly have played a role in communicating intellectual display from the part of the governors.

Keywords:Egyptian style; Perseus; Roman period

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