By Miguel John Versluys

This archaeological research investigates the which means of the Egyptian and egyptianising artefacts which have been preserved from the Roman global in several ways.
Its aspect of departure is an in depth examine at the so-called Nilotic scenes or Nilotic landscapes. The booklet offers a complete and illustrated catalogue of the style that was once well known all over the Mediterranean from the Hellenistic interval to the Christian period in addition to a contextualisation and interpretation.
Drawing at the conclusions hence reached the entire workforce of Aegyptiaca Romana is for this reason studied. in accordance with a normal evaluate of this fabric within the Roman global and, additionally, a case-study of the Aegyptiaca from the town of Rome the various meanings of this cultural phenomenon are mapped. including different Egyptian deities well known within the Roman global, the goddess Isis performs an incredible position during this discussion.
Aegyptiaca Romana, between them the Nilotic scenes, are a part of the mirrored image of the Roman perspective in the direction of and ideas on Egypt, Egyptian tradition and the East. The concluding a part of the e-book illustrates and attempts to give an explanation for this Roman discourse on Egypt.

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16 PART I: INTRODUCTION two countries and the economic relations have to manage with considerably less attention. This also applies to subjects ranked as cultural aspects in the description above, but the situation there is far less clear. Because of all the attention in scholarly debate for Isis from the end of the 19th century onwards, cultural aspects are generally considered as religious. Thus Egyptian and egyptianising motifs in house decorations, for example, are regarded as religious testimonials: the house concerned would have belonged to a follower of the cult of Isis.

Recently, in 1999, Rauch published a study on the so-called Campana plates with Nilotic scenes lOI . Besides presenting a catalogue and discussion of this material, the author provides an overview of the opinions on the genre in general and concludes: "Der Themenkreis der Nillandschaften gibt ein durch seine Exotik idealisiertes Land 99 Cf. cat. no. 006; Meyboom 1995, 78-90 and V n. 2 (84 and 90 for the quotations). , 34 for the quotation. 101 Rauch 1999, 219-269. 34 PART I: INTRODUCTION wieder".

Langener, Isis lactans-Maria lactans: Untersuchungen zur koptischen Ikonographie (1996). 41 For an account of the various key players and viewpoints in this debate cf. A. Tybout, Alexandrijnse invloeden op de Romeinse kunst, Hermeneus 57 (1985) 173-187. 42 Tybout 1989, 325-352 (Kapitel 9: Zur Herkunft einzelner Motive). 43 Cf. Ch. 1 for illustrations. 44 It concerns here Demetrios, a topographos. Probably this term is meant to refer 14 PART I: INTRODUCTION increase sharply from the period around 75 BC onwards, when mention is made of soldiers and slaves, actors, musicians and fortune-tellers, but also of bankers and surgeons'i5.

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