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The Political and Religious Significances of the Greek coins in the Ptolemaic Egypt

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Abstract The Greek coins were known in Egypt before Alexander's conquest, especially in the Saite Period; owing to the dependence of kings on mercenaries and the need to pay their salaries. Coins increased following the Greek conquest and developed during the Ptolemaic Period; therefore it was in various categories and forms. Carefully studying these coin inscriptions we discovered many political and other religious significances, such as the influence of the Ancient Egyptian religion on the Ptolemaic kings and their appearances; and the changes of the sculpture and writings, which were connected to the political evolution. The study revealed a number of important conclusions, such as coins reflected the weak economic situation in Egypt. It also reflected obviously the impact of political decay upon the central authority. It showed the value of the Ptolemaic queens importance. It showed also the influence of policy on art. It adopted the spread of many ideas, such as Alexander's deification. It handled many social matters, such as the brothers marriage. It raised many ideas and religious trends, such as the worship of Serapis.


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