Alexandria: A Cultural and Religious Melting Pot by George Hinge, Jens A. Krasilnikoff

By George Hinge, Jens A. Krasilnikoff

Through the whole span of Graeco-Roman antiquity, Alexandria represented a gathering position for plenty of ethnic cultures and town itself used to be topic to a variety of neighborhood advancements, which created and formatted a different Alexandrine 'culture' in addition to numerous designated 'cultures'. historical Greek, Roman and Jewish observers communicated or held declare to that individual message. as a result, Arrian, Theocritus, Strabo, and Athenaeus said their fascination with the Alexandrine melting pot to the broader international as did Philo, Josephus and Clement. In quite a few models, the 4 papers of half I of the amount, Alexandria from Greece and Egypt, take care of the connection among Ptolemaic Alexandria and its Greek earlier. even if, the Egyptian foundation and history additionally performs vital roles for the arguments. The contributions to the second one a part of the publication are dedicated to discussions of assorted points of touch and improvement among Rome, Judaism and Christianity.

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29 Thus, the second focal element in the development of Ptolemaic royal ideology was obviously the history of the Ptolemies themselves and their varying though always extensive involvement in religious innovation and development. In the case of Ptolemaic Egypt, there are, however, two distinct ways of understanding and articulating the relationship between identity and ideology: the first deals with the relationship with the outer world for example the other Hellenistic kingdoms. In this type of relationship it is important to stress the connection to the Greek world and the (potential) roles of the Ptolemies as heirs to Alexander, his Empire, and his Graeco-Macedonian roots.

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