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Christine D. Beaule

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054346

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054346.001.0001

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“Is This Like the Nile that Riseth Up?”

“Is This Like the Nile that Riseth Up?”

Ethnic Relations at Thmuis

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Frontiers of Colonialism

Robert J. Littman

Jay E. Silverstein

University Press of Florida

This chapter uses data from Tell Timai, Egypt to examine political dymanics in a Greco-Roman Egyptian city (Thmuis) in Late Antiquity, focusing on the Greek period of rule in Egypt and the influence of Hellenism from Alexander’s conquest of Egypt (332 B.C.E.) to the death of Cleopatra VII, the last Ptolemaic pharaoh (30 B.C.E.). The succeeding Ptolemaic dynasty strove to establish legitimacy through what Hellenization of the Egyptians, or Egyptization of the Greeks, generating new hybrid icons and deities. Yet as Ptolemy V took the throne, rebellion consumed Egypt. This Classical archaeology study offers insights into the dynamic processes of colonization and imperialism in a realm that was a crucible for Western ideology. Excavation data from north Timai reveal the violence of Hellenistic

Keywords:   Hellenism, Classical archaeology, Egypt, colonization, Greco-Roman, rebelliona

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