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The Hellenistic Egyptian Style Kiosk At Naqa Or “Acculturation” Sidetracked

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The so-called &t;Roman Kiosk&t; at Naqa is usually described as one of the finest monuments of Meroitic architecture. This chapter introduces it as a case for "acculturation" on a sidetrack. The growing importance of processional feasts and significant developments in personal religiosity brought about the building of a great number of kiosks of various types and functions by the rulers of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty at Thebes and elsewhere in Egypt. Both the designer(s) of the building and the masons executing his/ their plan treated differently the Egyptian and the Hellenistic-style elements of the building. The position of a kiosk in relation to a temple building indicates its association with (a) particular episode(s) in the divine journeys and with the people's encounters with the deities. The "Roman Kiosk" at Naqa represents an exception: it was built on the basis of an imported plan without any Meroitic addition in design or execution.

Keywords: acculturation; Hellenistic Egyptian style kiosk; Meroitic architecture; Naqa; Roman Kiosk; Twenty-Fifth Dynasty



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