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Reception Without Understanding?

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This chapter outlines a case study presented by Stanley Burstein. The study discusses the cultural interaction between Ptolemaic/Roman Egypt and her southern neighbour, the kingdom of Meroe. The re-integration of the Middle Nile Region into one political entity in the course of the tenth or ninth century BC was determined by the political and economic limitations and general vulnerability of the fragmented successor polities. To the Egyptocentrist they may look imitative and stereotype. In reality they present such an exposition of the central theme, which, as to its actual contents, is largely independent from the Egyptian prototypes. It may be concluded that from the emergence of the kingdom of Kush in the tenth or ninth century BC to the onset of the Meroitic period Nubian culture was articulated and perpetuated in texts written in Egyptian and in visual discourses employing the expressive media of Egyptian art.

Keywords: Egypt; middle nile region; Nubian culture; Stanley Burstein



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