Graeco-Egyptian Interactions: Literature, Translation, and Culture, 500 BC-AD 300

Hardcover | March 19, 2016

EditorIan Rutherford

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Contact and interaction between Greek and Egyptian culture can be traced in different forms over more than a millennium: from the sixth century BC, when Greeks visited Egypt for the sake of tourism or trade, through to the Hellenistic period, when Egypt was ruled by the Macedonian-GreekPtolemaic dynasty who encouraged a mixed Greek and Egyptian culture, and even more intensely in the Roman Empire, when Egypt came to be increasingly seen as a place of wonder and a source of magic and mystery. This volume addresses the historical interaction between the ancient Greek and Egyptiancivilizations in these periods, focusing in particular on literature and textual culture. Comprising fourteen chapters written by experts in the field, each contribution examines such cultural interaction in some form, whether influence between the two cultures, or the emergence of bicultural and mixed phenomena within Egypt. A number of the chapters draw on newly discovered Egyptiantexts, such as the Book of Thoth and the Book of the Temple, and among the wide range of topics covered are religion (such as prophecy, hymns, and magic), philosophy, historiography, romance, and translation.

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Contact and interaction between Greek and Egyptian culture can be traced in different forms over more than a millennium: from the sixth century BC, when Greeks visited Egypt for the sake of tourism or trade, through to the Hellenistic period, when Egypt was ruled by the Macedonian-GreekPtolemaic dynasty who encouraged a mixed Greek and...

Ian Rutherford is Professor of Classics at the University of Reading.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:March 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of FiguresList of Contributors1. Ian Rutherford: Aegypto-Graeca: Interaction and Translation between Greek Literature and Egypt2. Susan Stephens: Plato's Egyptian Republic3. Alexandra von Lieven: Translating Gods, Interpreting Gods: On the Mechanisms behind the Interpretatio Graeca of Egyptian Gods4. Ian Rutherford: The Earliest Cross-Cultural Reception of Homer? The Inaros Narratives of Greco-Roman Egypt5. John Dillery: Literary Interaction between Greece and Egypt: Manetho and Synchronism6. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones and Stephanie Winder: The Hathoric Model of Queenship in Early Ptolemaic Egypt: The Case of Berenike's Lock7. Ivan A. Ladynin: Virtual History Egyptian Style: The Isolationist Concept of the Potter's Oracle and its Alternative8. Nikolaos Lazaridis: Different Parallels, Different Interpretations: Reading Parallels between Ancient Egyptian and Greek Works of Literature9. Ian Moyer: Isidorus at the Gates of the Temple10. Steve Vinson: Good and Bad Women in Egyptian and Greek Fiction11. Joachim Quack: Translating the Realities of Cult: The Case of the Book of the Temple12. Gaelle Tallet: Mandulis Apollo: Echoes of Greek Culture and Hellenism at Talmis (Nubia) in the Roman Period13. Richard Jasnow: 'Between Two Waters': The Book of Thoth and the Problem of Graeco-Egyptian Interaction14. Gideon Bohak: The Diffusion of the Greco-Egyptian Magical Tradition in Late AntiquityIndex