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Ranoferhotep
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:47 am    Post subject: Rome In Egypt Reply with quote

Through another forum I found an interesting link about Roman building activity in A.E.. We all (or most off us) know that Egypt became a Roman province after the defeat of Marc Anthony en Cleopatra VII. Octavianus the later Emperor Augustus and his successors however kept decorating and even building temples in A.E. style. This site tries to put everything a bit together which I think is easier to have a good overview of the different emperors and their building activity’s in A.E.

http://www.romeinegypt.unipi.it/index.php?3/project
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting site but it seems a little out of date (2005?) on its data.
I saw no mention of the sites in Luxor. There is an extensive Roman area being excavated in front of Karnak Temple for example. This only started a couple of years ago.

http://www.***.fr/uk/index.php?page=axe-5-theme-1
Gives an overview but the work is ongoing.

We visit every month with the kind permission of the local SCA staff. There is always something new and surprising to see.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fundamental work on Roman temples in Egypt is by Günther Hölbl : Altägypten im Römischen Reich - Der römische Pharao und seine Tempel. It appeared in three separate volumes:

1 : Römische Politik und altägyptische Ideologie von Augustus bis Diocletian, Tempelbau in Oberägypten. - Mainz : von Zabern, 2000. - ISBN : 3-8053-2392-1. - 122 p.

2 : Die Tempel des Römischen Nubien. - Mainz : von Zabern, 2004. - ISBN : 3-8053-3376-5. - 160 p.

3 : Heiligtümer und religiöses Leben in den ägyptischen Wüsten und Oasen. - Mainz : von Zabern, 2005. - ISBN : 3-8053-3512-1. - 116 p.


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An interesting site but it seems a little out of date (2005?) on its data. I saw no mention of the sites in Luxor. There is an extensive Roman area being excavated in front of Karnak Temple for example. This only started a couple of years ago. ...

The SCA excavation you are mention is a Roman settlement, no temple.

Roman emperors contributed very little to Karnak. The only independent structure errected by the Romans was a building that was sited in front of the First Pylon, just to the South of the main entrance gateway. It took the form of a small temple opening to the north and fronted by a portico of Corinthian columns. ... 14 m deep by 8,6 m wide ... walls of mud-brick ... parts of the single-chambered sanctuary of sandstone. This was a temple dedicated to the imperial cult: fourteen pedestals for statues of emperors stood against the inside walls. ... Statues are missing, but of the few legible dedications that remain on the pedestal bases, the names of Augustus, Tiberius, Claudius, and T itus, son of Vespasian, can still be deciphered. See Lauffray, 1971, p.120. (Blyth, Karnak, 2006, p.233)

Worth mentioning are the order, import and additions at Luxor-Temple (Tetrachenheiligtum, Serapis-Temple, and Temple for the Imperial Cult).

Greetings, Lutz.
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