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Throughout the entire span of Graeco-Roman antiquity Alexandria represented a meeting place for many ethnic cultures and the city itself was subject to a wide range of local developments, which created and formatted a distinct Alexandrine 'culture' as well as several distinct 'cultures'. Ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish observers communicated or held claim to that particular message. Hence, Arrian, Theocritus, Strabo, and Athenaeus reported their fascination of the Alexandrine melting pot to the wider world and so did Philo, Josephus and Clement. In various fashions, the four papers of Part I of the volume, Alexandria from Greece and Egypt, deal with the relationship between Ptolemaic Alexandria and its Greek past. However, the Egyptian origin and heritage also play important roles for the arguments. The contributions to the second part of the book are devoted to discussions of various aspects of contact and development between Rome, Judaism and Christianity.
Table of contents
George Hinge and Jens A. Krasilnikoff
Part I. Alexandria From Greece and Egypt
Alexandria as Place: Tempo-Spacial Traits of Royal Ideology in Early Ptolemaic Egypt
Jens A. Krasilnikoff
Theatrical Fiction and Visual Bilingualism in the Monumental Tombs of Ptolemaic Alexandria
Majorie Susan Venit
Language and Race: Theocritus and the Koine Identity of Ptolemaic Egypt
Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria
Minna Skafte Jensen
Part II. Rome, Judaism and Christianity
Philo as a Polemist and a Political Apologist
An Investigation of his Two Historical Treatises Against Flaccus and The Embassy to Gaius
Alexandrian Judaism: Rethinking a Problematic Cultural Category
Anders Klostergaard Petersen
From School to Patriarchate: Aspects on the Christianisation of Alexandria
Religious Conflict in Late Antique Alexandria: Christian Responses to "Pagan" Statues in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries CE
Troels Myrup Kristensen
List of Contributors
Sanne Lind Hansen
MA in ethnography and classical archeology and trained at the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne primarily works with anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and she was once employed at the National Museum (Antiquities).
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