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They were worshiped in the above-mentioned shrine of Alexander. The development of the ruler cult as a Hellenistic ‗state religion‘ had the support and collaboration of Egyptian priests. The decrees they wrote usually84 employed the Egyptian artistic canon thereby depicting the royal Macedonian family as a traditional pharaonic family. The following is a typical example of a Hellenistic Egyptian synodal decree: 84 Altough the Decree of Raphia proclaimed that the pharaoh should be represented on horseback with Macedonian armoury and Spear, the style remained Egyptian.

Cf. also the Greek term ―Hyperboreans‖. I. Finley, The Ancient Greeks. (New York: 1991), pp. 23-24. 31 these relations gradually became more intense until the Hellenistic age. e. at the start of the Saite 26th Dynasty). ). C however, used ‗Homeric‘ as a general term for the entire heroic tradition recorded in hexameter. 39 In the Odyssey we find references to the high esteem Egypt enjoyed in the ancient world in places ranging as far as Asia, Africa and Europe. ), which deserves a special consideration here.

The Egyptian bicultural elite actively fostered cultural mediation between the different symbolic universes. This can be deduced from art produced at the time. A nice example thereof is the sarcophagus of Dioskourides, who worked as a high-ranking official under Ptolemy IV (Philometor). 108 Table 3: Dioskourides and interculturality in Egypt His autobiography mentions his Egyptian mother, one ―Lady Imhotep,‖ and lists his titles, which are given as Egyptian translations of his Greek offices. 109 In addition to Ph.

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