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Ergamenes, Aktisanes, And The Modern Discovery Of Hellenizing Art In Meroe

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This chapter discusses the evidence concerning Ergamenes to some detail. For Garstang and Sayce the story of the cultural hero Ergamenes seemed to provide a sufficient explanation for the appearance of Hellenistic architectural elements and artefacts in Meroe City. The reality of the story is, however, a somewhat more complex issue. Hecataeus used the name of a contemporary Kushite ruler in order to underline for his readers the (fictional) historicity of a story in which he blames Amasis as unlawful king. The sympathetic presentation of an Aithiopian ruler to the Greek public was also meant to put the contacts of the Ptolemaic court with Kush in a positive context that markedly differs from the traditional image of Egypt's vile neighbour, "wretched Kush".

Keywords: Aithiopian ruler; Aktisanes; contemporary Kushite ruler; Ergamenes; Hecataeus; Hellenistic architectural elements; Meroe city; Ptolemaic court



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