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How Do You Want Your Goddess? From The Galjub Hoard To A General Vision On Religious Choice In Hellenistic And Roman Egypt

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The Galjub hoard consists of a range of different objects: small statuettes, intended to crown pins, relief plaques, mainly medallion shape, and so on. The mould carver and the lamp maker exploit religious differences, for their own good""they produce a range of products, say a particular shape of lamp with a choice of decorations, in order to satisfy their customers' demands. The field of Greco-Roman Egypt is generally undertheorized. Not the only field in ancient history to be sure where this is the case, but this is the one ultimate testcase for acculturation in the ancient world, as Jean Bingen has put it, because of the unrivalled documentation. Acculturation is a useful concept: it is about increased contact (some kind of migration underlies it), and about the reciprocal influences that will occur whenever there is long-term contact between representatives of different human groups.

Keywords:Acculturation; Galjub hoard; Greco-Roman Egypt



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