By Molly Swetnam-Burland
This e-book examines the urge for food for Egyptian and Egyptian-looking art in Italy through the century following Rome's annexation of Aegyptus as a province. within the early imperial interval, Roman curiosity in Egyptian tradition was once frequent, as evidenced by means of works starting from the enormous obelisks, delivered to the capital over the Mediterranean Sea by way of the emperors, to in the community made emulations of Egyptian artifacts present in inner most houses and in temples to Egyptian gods. even supposing the international visual appeal of those works of art was once critical to their attraction, this ebook situates them inside their social, political, and creative contexts in Roman Italy. Swetnam-Burland specializes in what those works intended to their vendors and their audience of their new settings, via exploring facts for the artists who produced them and by way of interpreting their courting to the modern literature that expert Roman perceptions of Egyptian historical past, customs, and myths.
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The ruins consist of a series of vaulted chambers, originally surmounted by a platform or terrace (fig. 46). At Philae, Ombos, Daphnae, and most of the frontier towns of the Delta, there were magazines of this description, and many more will doubtless be discovered when made the object of serious exploration. The irrigation system of Egypt is but little changed since the olden time. --Plan of Pithom. Some new canals have been cut, and yet more have been silted up through the negligence of those in power; but the general scheme, and the methods employed, continue much the same, and demand but little engineering skill.
The house-shaped lamps which are found in such large numbers in the Fayûm date only from Roman times; but the Egyptians of that period continued to build according to the rules which were in force under the Pharaohs of the Twelfth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Dynasties. --Ceiling pattern similar to one at El Bersheh, Twelfth Dynasty. As regards the domestic architecture of the ancient kingdom, the evidences are few and obscure. Nevertheless, the stelae, tombs, and coffins of that period often furnish designs which show us the style of the doorways (fig.
Perspective view of the Theban house, from Eighteenth Dynasty tomb-painting. The second plan is copied from one of the rock-cut tombs of Tell el Amarna (figs. 16, 17). Here we see a house situate at the end of the gardens of the great lord Aï, son-in-law of the Pharaoh Khûenaten, and himself afterwards king of Egypt. An oblong stone tank with sloping sides, and two descending flights of steps, faces the entrance. The building is rectangular, the width being somewhat greater than the depth. A large doorway opens in the middle of the front, and gives access to a court planted with trees and flanked by store-houses fully stocked with provisions.
Egypt in Italy: Visions of Egypt in Roman Imperial Culture by Molly Swetnam-Burland