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Media And Messages. The Autonomy Of Nubian “Acculturation”

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This chapter attempts an investigation of the nature of Nubia's "acculturation" to her great neighbour Egypt. Dealing with this particular period of Nubian art it was also inevitable to present a critical survey of the literature on Ptolemaic and Roman Egyptian art from the perspective of a peripheral culture, which adopted Hellenizing forms and means of artistic expression without establishing a proper intellectual relationship with the Hellenistic world. Nubian culture was articulated and perpetuated in texts written in Egyptian and represented in visual discourses embedded in an architecture modeled on Egyptian prototypes and employing the expressive media of Egyptian art. The Egyptian media underwent alterations in Nubia that were determined by the modified or new messages that they were intended to convey.

Keywords: acculturation; Egyptian art; Hellenistic world; media; Nubia; Roman Egyptian art



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