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By Caitlín E. Barrett

This e-book investigates Hellenistic renowned faith via an interdisciplinary examine of terracotta collectible figurines of Egyptian deities, generally from family contexts, from the buying and selling port of Delos. A comparability of the collectible figurines iconography to parallels in Egyptian spiritual texts, temple reliefs, and formality gadgets means that many collectible figurines depict deities or rituals linked to Egyptian fairs. An research of the gadgets clay materials and production innovations exhibits that the majority have been made on Delos. also, archival examine on unpublished notes from early excavations finds new facts on many collectible figurines archaeological contexts, illuminating their roles in either family and temple cults. the implications supply a brand new standpoint on Hellenistic reinterpretations of Egyptian faith, in addition to the connection among well known and authentic cults.

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Finally, terracottas that allude to the Ptolemaic court or to the iconography of specific gods are important not only as indicators of Greco-Egyptian syncretism, but also as clues to the relationship between “official” and “popular” religion on Hellenistic Delos. Classi­ cal archaeologists and art historians have frequently dismissed Egyptianizing terracotta figurines as mere “grotesque” curiosities99, but in fact, a detailed examination of the Delian figurines’ iconography and archaeological context reveals a fairly sophisticated understanding of Egyptian theology.

La’da 1997: 566-567 for similar cases in which papyri describe one sibling as Wynn ms n Kmy but use a different ethnic term for another sibling; and see Boswinkel and Pestman 1982 on Dionysios’ archives. 324-328). 327-328; Gorre 2009: 530-531. The status of “Hellene” appears to have been transferable through marriage (Bagnall 1997b: 8). 67 Of course, some people would have had more access than others to such social roles. Bagnall (1988: 22) suggests that the problem of ethnic self-definition would have been less relevant to many rural farmers; and indeed, the need to define one’s identity may have been particularly pronounced in urban centers, given the high concentration of Greek settlement there (Bingen 2007: 104-131; cf.

La’da 1997: 566-567 for similar cases in which papyri describe one sibling as Wynn ms n Kmy but use a different ethnic term for another sibling; and see Boswinkel and Pestman 1982 on Dionysios’ archives. 324-328). 327-328; Gorre 2009: 530-531. The status of “Hellene” appears to have been transferable through marriage (Bagnall 1997b: 8). 67 Of course, some people would have had more access than others to such social roles. Bagnall (1988: 22) suggests that the problem of ethnic self-definition would have been less relevant to many rural farmers; and indeed, the need to define one’s identity may have been particularly pronounced in urban centers, given the high concentration of Greek settlement there (Bingen 2007: 104-131; cf.

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