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The Beautiful Burial In Roman Egypt: Art, Identity, And Funerary Religion

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This important new study looks at the intersection of Greek and Egyptian art forms in the funerary sphere of Roman Egypt. A discussion of artistic change, cultural identity, and religious belief foregrounds the detailed analysis of more than 150 objects and tombs, many of which are presented here for the first time. In addition to the information it provides about ...more
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 3rd 2006)
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A really fantastic read; focuses on the depiction of individuals in the funerary settings of Roman Egypt. Riggs debunks the idea that the Greek/"naturalistic" depiction (as opposed to the stylized Egyptian image) of people is a chronological development or a means of understanding the individual's cultural associations. Says she, "The choice to use either a Greek or an Egyptian image of the deceased was not a chronological development or a statement of 'ethnic' identity" (252).

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Christina Riggs is a specialist in ancient Egyptian art and archaeology, with particular interests in how ancient Egyptian objects have been collected, interpreted, and represented in modern times. Her current research focuses on the history of photography and the history of archaeology, using the photographic archive formed during the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the 1920s.

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